The Southeastern Conference has now postponed three games due to COVID-19 outbreaks at various schools, and they might not yet be finished.
The league office confirmed multiple reports that Texas A&M’s trip to Tennessee has been postponed after contact tracing from a coronavirus outbreak shut down football facilities in College Station. The marquee game of the week set to air after third round coverage of The Masters, Alabama at LSU, has also been postponed by a coronavirus outbreak. LSU’s outbreak reportedly started at a Halloween party.
“While it is unfortunate to have multiple postponements in the same week, we began the season with the understanding interruptions to the schedule were possible and we have remained focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our programs,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We must remain vigilant, within our programs and in our communities, to prevent the spread of the virus and to manage activities that contribute to these interruptions.”
Tuesday’s decision follows Monday’s postponement of Auburn at Mississippi State. Each program has been dealing with Covid issues.
There are now currently only four games on Saturday’s SEC slate. South Carolina at Ole Miss and Arkansas at Florida appear to have the all clear, even though Barry Odom will be coaching the Razorbacks in Sam Pittman’s place as the Arkansas head coach isolates. Positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing have jeopardized Georgia at Missouri and Vanderbilt at Kentucky. The school stated this afternoon, “Kentucky looks forward to hosting Vanderbilt Saturday as currently scheduled,” after KSR’s Matt Jones reported there’s a “50-50” chance the game is postponed.