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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has made his first public comments in the wake of countless reports that the Big Ten and other Power 5 conferences could be on the verge of canceling their seasons.
While there have conflicting reports regarding decisions that have either been or will be made by other conferences, one thing has remained consistent – the SEC is not ready to throw their hands in the air and give up on the 2020 season.
Sankey took to Twitter to release a statement reiterating the SEC’s approach in the midst of significant unrest across the college football landscape.
…Deveoped testing protocols…We know concerns remain. We have never had a FB season in a COVID-19 environment. Can we play? I don’t know. We haven’t stopped trying. We support, educate and care for student-athletes every day, and will continue to do so…every day.
— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) August 10, 2020
Sankey’s comments come on the heels of the player-led #WeWantToPlay movement, which has also garnered support from coaches, administrators and even the President of the United States.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
Saturday, the MAC became the first conference to cancel fall sports, while independent schools like UConn and Old Dominion have made similar decisions.
The SEC has pushed its start date back to September 26th and adopted a 10-game, conference-only schedule. Friday, each team’s two additional opponents were revealed, but the complete schedule has not yet been released.