SEC announces athletes electing to sit out due to concerns with Covid-19 will have scholarships honored

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SEC announces athletes electing to sit out due to concerns with Covid-19 will have scholarships honored

The University of Kentucky football team runs out onto the field during the game against Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Georgia defeated Kentucky 34-17. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

The Southeastern Conference has announced that student-athletes electing to sit out due to concerns with contracting Covid-19 will have scholarships honored, per media release on Friday.

This action, which exclusively includes the 2020 fall semester, was a result of a unanimous vote by SEC presidents and chancellors following a recommendation from the athletic directors in the conference. With this move, athletes have more freedom to make a decision whether to play as the Coronavirus spreads across the country.

“SEC universities are committed to full support of its student-athletes, whether or not a student-athlete decides to participate in sports during these uncertain times,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “SEC student-athletes have frequently expressed their desire to compete, but it is important for student-athletes and their families to know the financial support committed to them by their institutions will not be at risk because of health concerns presented by the current pandemic.”

The SEC recently postponed game related action for volleyball, soccer and cross country until Aug. 31, and is supposed to decide on the schedule for the conference’s football teams later this month.

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