Earlier today, the Big Ten followed by the ACC and Pac-12 conferences decided to have conference-only football games this coming fall. The decisions come as Covid-19 cases continue to rise throughout America.
The SEC has not made an announcement similar to the decisions made first by the Big Ten, but SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement tonight reacting to the schedule adjustments that three of the Power 5 conferences have now made:
“The Southeastern Conference will continue to meet regularly with our campus leaders in the coming weeks, guided by medical advisors, to make the important decisions necessary to determine the best path forward related to the SEC fall sports. We recognize the challenges ahead and know the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans must remain at the forefront of those decisions.”
In other words, the SEC is yet to decide whether they plan to follow the lead of the Big Ten. In fact, John Talty of AL.com is reporting that many SEC officials were surprised by the move the Big Ten made.
While the SEC may not agree with the early decision first made by the Big Ten then followed by the ACC and Pac-12, they will probably have to make a decision at some point soon that is similar considering that now three of the five Power 5 leagues have gone that direction.
Here is a link to John Talty’s story on the reaction of SEC officials after the Big Ten’s announcement: