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SEC’s Football Safety Measures Include Two Weekly COVID-19 Tests

© Vasha Hunt | USATSI

© Vasha Hunt | USATSI

The SEC has made news, and not because they have released the 2020 football schedule.

Friday morning the Southeastern Conference unveiled its medical policies and procedures that will be in effect during the 2020 college football season. Members of the football team will receive PCR tests twice weekly from an independent third party organization, typically six days and three days prior to competition. Volleyball and soccer athletes will also receive two tests per week. The league says its “exploring alternative testing methods” to test athletes a third time closer to the date of the game.

There will be a mask mandate in the SEC. All coaches, staff and non-competing personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sideline and physical distancing will be employed to the extent possible.

Each institution must also designate a COVID-19 Protocol Oversight Officer who is charged with educating and enforcing the standards issued by the league.

We’re still waiting on a football schedule. According to a few different reports, that will not happen until the SEC Network airs a special next week. We should, however, learn who UK’s two additional opponents are today. Stay tuned.

Article written by Nick Roush

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