The status of the 2020 college football season is in major doubt.
Two major conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, have already announced plans for a league-only schedule this fall. Another conference, the ACC, is reportedly expected to do the same.
The SEC has yet to make such a decision, but league commissioner Greg Sankey knows they are “running out of time.”
Sankey appeared on ESPN on Saturday morning and shared some brutally honest admissions about the upcoming season.
The SEC commissioner said his level of concern is “high to very high.”
“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 big part of the conversation,” Sankey told ESPN on Saturday. “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.”
Coronavirus case numbers are rising in many of the SEC’s states. It’s unclear where things will be by the fall, but it’s quite possible college football will have to adjust.
“I’m going to focus on preparing to play the season as scheduled but acknowledge the circumstances around coronavirus are going to guide us in that decision making,” Sankey added. “And the reality right now is the trends in our region in our nation are not in the positive direction for being able to have normal experiences.”
The 2020 college football season is scheduled to begin in late August/early September.
Will the SEC be able to start it on time?