While it has certainly been a downer of a day in college football with the Big Ten and Pac-12 announcing that they will not take the field this fall, the SEC is holding steady.
In a statement posted to social media, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey reiterated that the conference will continue to take a measured approach as they evaluate the viability of the upcoming season.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) August 11, 2020
During an interview on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, Sankey did say that the conference’s medical advisors have signed off on the plan to move forward in its approach to the season.
“Were that advice to change, certainly, it would be a stopping point, but the indicators are that we can, right now, do what we’re doing in a healthy way. We’re going to continue to consider that central issue – health – as we move forward, we hope, towards competition with no assurances that that actually will take place.”
Workouts and team meetings are currently able to take place with official practices set to begin on August 17th.
The SEC previously moved to a 10-game, conference only schedule for the 2020 season and pushed back its start date to September 26th. Last Friday, the SEC announced each team’s two additional conference opponents with Ole Miss adding a road game with Kentucky and a home game against South Carolina. Mississippi State landed a home game against Vanderbilt but would have to travel to Georgia.