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SEC reportedly caught off guard by Big Ten’s announcement

© Jason Getz | USATSI

© Jason Getz | USATSI

The Big Ten’s announcement that it will only play conference games this year sent shockwaves through the sports world this afternoon, most notably across the SEC. AL.com’s John Talty is reporting that his sources in the league were caught off guard by the news and now feel like their hands are tied when it comes to the 2020 season.

Regardless of whether the Southeastern Conference wants to follow the Big Ten’s path, it may have no choice now. In talking to sources throughout the conference in the aftermath of the Big Ten’s decision, there was a sense of surprise and disappointment that the Big Ten decided on July 9 to move to a conference-only schedule.

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With the Big Ten moving to conference-only, and reports of the Pac-12 and ACC likely following suit, SEC school leaders seemed resigned to a similar fate Thursday. Sources throughout the SEC felt like the Big Ten just backed them into a corner sooner than was necessary.

This evening, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released this statement on the league’s plans for the fall. (Spoiler: We don’t know yet)

“The Southeastern Conference will continue to meet regularly with our campus leaders in the coming weeks, guided by medical advisors, to make the important decisions necessary to determine the best path forward related to the SEC fall sports. We recognize the challenges ahead and know the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans must remain at the forefront of those decisions.”

I miss good sports news.

[AL.com]

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18 Comments for SEC reportedly caught off guard by Big Ten’s announcement



  1. Wild Turkey 101
    7:51 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    It’s gonna be a long haul before sports is ever the same again. They probably shouldn’t be playing anything period.



  2. big cat
    7:53 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Bunch of pansies….caving to liberal expectations….trying to be PC. Aren’t they the morons that cost us the NCAA tournament?



    • satcheluk
      10:12 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

      Uninformed dbag.



  3. Ez21
    7:55 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Why cancel games w in state schools like UL/UK and Clemson/SCarolina?



  4. UKLugo
    8:00 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    To me this is not as much about the big games, but the games vs smaller non Power5 schools. Those little schools need those games. Like,bad.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:29 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

      Yes they do.



  5. hal9944
    8:03 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    If this is about cancelling non conference games because of proximity to each other..what makes taking UK off ULs schedule (40 miles away) and putting another conference team in its place thats farther away?

    Or does covid only spread at non conference events?

    Oh that must be it.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:29 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, just like it only spreads at church but not at riots and looting rampages.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:12 am July 10, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, and yes. Very astute, Gentlemen.



  6. Jambluehue99
    8:14 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Caught off guard or not they would have ended up in the same place as the other conferences.



  7. PensacolaCat
    8:19 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t see why the SEC would be forced to follow suit. Why? There are plenty smaller conferences that will happily play the SEC.



  8. kentuckybackupplayer
    8:29 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    if the big ten dont show up for a game it should be a forfeit.



  9. Big Bry 1
    8:40 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Will UK find an opponent to fill the UL spot on the schedule??



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:39 am July 10, 2020 Permalink

      We may now have to play someone decent.



  10. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    8:49 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    “Regardless of whether the Southeastern Conference wants to follow the Big Ten’s path, it may have no choice now.“

    Why? Groupthink? We have no Big 10 teams on our schedule.



  11. njcat
    1:01 am July 10, 2020 Permalink

    If people had just worn masks we would be having a full schedule. Can’t infringe freedom though… it’s a hoax though…

    This is why we can’t have nice things.



  12. ClutchCargo
    1:22 am July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Easy answer: the rest of the Power 5 should do what they think is right, regardless of the Big 10’s announcement. They’re not going to win the title anyway.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:42 am July 10, 2020 Permalink

      Clemson or the an SEC team are the only ones winning it. Give OSU a couple of years and they may right in the mix.