Commissioner Greg Sankey says SEC could be only conference playing 'if that was the circumstance'
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is being extremely patient as the SEC and other conferences attempt to move forward towards a fall college football season in 2020. And while some leagues are rumored to be on the verge of pulling the plug, it seems like the SEC is going to continue to monitor the situation and gather as much information as possible before making a decision.
And, if there’s a circumstance in which the SEC is the only one left standing, Sankey said the league could play football alone this fall.
On Tuesday, Sankey joined the Dan Patrick Show to talk about the challenges facing conferences as they attempt to play sports during a pandemic. When asked if the SEC could play football if the other Power 5 conferences opted out, the commissioner said it’s possible.
“I don’t think that’s the right direction, really,” Sankey said, per 247Sports. “Could we? Certainly. So, there’s a difference between can you do something and should you do something in life. And so, we’re actually set up with our schedule, with our own health protocols, that we could if that was the circumstance; operate on our own. I’m not sure that’s the wisest direction, but you know, there’s been a lot of interesting things have happened since March in college sports.”
The MAC and Mountain West conferences have already cancelled their fall sports seasons and there’s rumors that the B1G and Pac-12 are looking at similar options. Both the MAC and Mountain West will look at playing in the spring.
Officials from the Pac-12 and B1G are expected to meet respectively on Tuesday. It’s unclear whether any decisions will be made.