SEC commissioner Greg Sankey: 'We're running out of time'
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is losing faith that a college football season will happen.
At one time, there was plenty of optimism surrounding the 2020 college football season. But with spikes of COVID-19 occurring in different regions of the country and outbreaks happening on campuses among student-athletes, there’s growing concern about the outlook of the season.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith and Ryan McGee, Sankey talked about his concern level in playing the upcoming season.
“We put a medical advisory group together in early April with the question ‘What do we have to do to get back to activity?’ and they’ve been a pig part of the conversation,” Sankey told ESPN. “But the direct reality is not good and the notion that we’ve politicized medical guidance of distancing, and breathing masks, and hand sanitization, ventilation of being outside, being careful where you are in buildings. There’s some very clear advice about — you can’t mitigate and eliminate every risk, but how do you minimize the risk?
“We are running out of time to correct and get things right, and as a society we owe it to each other to be as healthy as we can be.”
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) July 11, 2020
The B1G took a monumental step earlier this week, eliminating nonconference games from schedules of fall sports. That will allow the league to create uniform protocols and testing policies, and will also help create more flexible scheduling.
Clearly, though, there’s still a lot of concern about whether or not a season can be played.