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SEC reportedly courting ACC, Big 12 teams to play this fall

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a wild few days for decision makers in college football, and this morning, there’s a report that the SEC is reaching out to other leagues to try to salvage the fall season. On his show today, Dan Patrick cited a source that said the SEC is courting teams from the ACC and Big 12 to form a “super conference” this fall. 

“The Big Ten and Pac-12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow,” Patrick said, reading the source’s message. “The ACC and Big 12 are on the fence. The SEC is trying to get a delay to have teams join them. The SEC is looking at exclusive TV contracts…They’re trying to buy time to see if the ACC or Big 12 will go along with them.”

According to the source, the vote in the Big Ten meeting on canceling fall football was 12-2, with Nebraska and Iowa wanting to play. In the Big 12, Oklahoma and Texas are the two teams fighting to save a fall season, and therefore may be interested in the SEC’s proposal.

“The SEC is trying to see if they can pick off some of these schools and see if they want to join them,” Patrick said. “If you can get Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 and they’re going to join you in the SEC, you’ve got a super conference.”

While it seems the writing is on the wall with the Big Ten and the Pac-12, Patrick said the SEC is determined to find a way to play this fall. As of now, the league’s conference-only slate is scheduled to kick off on September 26.

“I said, can we see a scenario where the SEC just plays SEC football and that’s it? He didn’t want to go down that road, but I’m told, that’s what the SEC — the SEC looks at themselves, they’re different. They’re different than any other school, any other conference, and they’re approaching it that way. Would I be surprised if we had SEC football and maybe a couple of different outliers there? No. But I do think these other conferences are going to close up shop here.”


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6 Comments for SEC reportedly courting ACC, Big 12 teams to play this fall

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:00 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Well, the SEC’s ratings would be absolutely through the roof. Even folks out west might tune in for UK v. Vandy and Ole Miss v. Miss St. this year.

  2. gasman01
    10:29 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    If they play, fans or no fans?? The TV revenues will more than make up for ticket revenue.

  3. satcheluk
    11:20 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    This would be an unbelievable power move. Expect lawsuits for any non SEC schools participating from their respective conferences. Stakeholders will fight to protect theirs.

  4. PensacolaCat
    11:53 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    What a GREAT opportunity for the SEC! Make it happen!

  5. Lip Man 1
    1:30 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    If the SEC goes through with this unwarranted gamble and a kid gets sick and dies the blow back, the lawsuits could destroy them.

    I hope they know what they are doing (But I doubt it)

    • CJKAssassin123
      2:30 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Of course they do, the SEC simply doesn’t care. The SEC is only concerned about the money they would lose by not playing this season. They can get around the potential liability issues pretty easily by requiring the players and coaching staffs to sign a waiver which basically would allow the SEC not to be held liable if a player or a member of a teams coaching staff gets the virus and dies from it. If any player or member of a teams coaching staff refuses to sign the waiver then they are automatically disqualified from participating in this years football season. Trust me the SEC is playing football this fall one way or another.