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SEC suspends on and off-campus recruiting through March 30

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey just announced the league has suspended on- and off-campus recruiting through the end of March, at least.

“We did have conversations about recruiting I referenced and have stopped off campus and on campus recruiting for a period of time. That could be extended. I’ve identified the NCAA needs to fully engage on this issue as well. The practice issue may be for them nationally. I think we had some conversations. I don’t know that we came to a destination, so that means it’s still on that list that we’re creating.”

As of now, that period runs through March 30, but could be extended if needed.

“We’ve created an interim period where we will work with our campuses to determine how we return to our normal operation. It may not be March 30. It may be beyond. But that remains to be seen, but we’ve identified a time frame where we can engage in conversation and decision making pretty quickly.”

Recruiting’s a pretty big deal, so Sankey reached out to Mark Emmert to suggest an NCAA-wide suspension of recruiting activities.

“I’ve sent a text to Mark Emmert saying the NCAA should engage in on and off campus recruiting policies and changes and, candidly, restrictions for a period of time while we’re all dealing with this. That would set everyone on an even plane rather quickly.”

For now, each SEC school can decide whether or not to hold football spring practice.

“I was on a conference call with one of our athletic departments where that was asked. Our athletic director talked about that afterwards. We’ve limited the size clearly of on campus events, and campuses are doing that individually, but I don’t have a prescriptive list right now around what’s going to happen with spring practice, spring football.”

UK is currently on spring break, so a decision about spring practice has yet to be made.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for SEC suspends on and off-campus recruiting through March 30

    3:04 pm March 12, 2020 Permalink

    Such a joke. Media driven hysteria. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than contracting the Corona flu. Swine flu killed more people than will even be infected by this latest flu.

    • Real conservative
      7:23 pm March 12, 2020 Permalink

      Quit getting your news from Fascist Opinion Xenophobic News, AKA State TV. Oh wait even Pucker Carlson said the virus is bad.

    • Responding to a sad little man
      7:36 pm March 12, 2020 Permalink

      Oh wait you said Corona flu not coronavirus, my bad, I haven’t even heard of the Corona flu. Is that if you have both the Flu and the Coronavirus at the same time or is it something completely different? FYI the Flu and any Coronavirus are 2 different things. Coronaviruses include C19, SARS, and MERS all of which had a higher death rate than even the Spanish Flu. I mean if you compare it to the Black Death or Ebola then sure it’s nothing to concern yourself with.

  2. Responding to a sad little man
    7:17 pm March 12, 2020 Permalink

    Grow up. Godly or at least decent people are taking steps to protect people’s kids and you have to throw some hissy fit. Get over yourself. This world is bigger than you and 4500 deaths, so far, matter. The problem with your comparison to swine flu is it was containable and showed signs of the disease before being contagious. This disease is contagious prior to any symptoms appearing. Even Trump has said that the virus can’t be as deadly as it appears because of all the people not tested. He said less than 1% which means means 3.5 times as many people have to have the virus. That would mean over 470,000 would have to be infected so far. Or he’s completely wrong and the rate is at 3.4%, which be over 40x the mortality rate of the swine flu. Even at .8% that’s 10 times as deadly.