SEC commissioner Greg Sankey reveals policy for games interrupted by COVID-19
Unlike last year, the SEC will not be rescheduling any games that are interrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conference commissioner Greg Sankey discussed the league’s position on that policy for the upcoming season during SEC Media Days on Monday.
Sankey says that games will not be rescheduled this year and that it is up to teams to receive vaccinations. If there are not enough players available because of the virus, that team may have to forfeit the game.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announces games will not be rescheduled this fall due to COVID. It is up to teams to get vaccinated. If they don't have enough, they may have to forfeit.
Six of 14 SEC teams have reached the 80% vaccination threshold, he said.
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Last season, the SEC attempted to create enough flexibility in the schedule to allow teams to reschedule games if a contest was canceled because of the virus. All but one game in the SEC was played on schedule or made up at a later date.
As the college football season shifts back to a more normal schedule — which includes nonconference contests — there is less flexibility and much less time available for make-up dates.
This will likely be a policy that most conferences adopt for the upcoming season.