Mississippi governor fires incredible shot at the Big Ten and Pac-12 after signing executive order
When people say “it just means more” in the Southeastern Conference, this is exactly the type of thing they are referencing.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves had to deliver some very unfortunate news on Thursday as he informed his state that all football stadiums will be limited to 25 percent capacity for the coming season.
That wasn’t much of a surprise when you consider the SEC programs that have announced their pending stadium capacities for the fall season have all hovered around 20-25 percent capacity but the real news came when Reeves announced no tailgating would be permitted this season.
For fans that are known for having a good time, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
Reeves did his best to put things in perspective, however, as he noted SEC fans could have it much worse — just look at the Big Ten and Pac-12.
Here is Reeves’ statement he issued on Thursday, which he included a shot at the Big Ten and Pac-12:
“Today, I’m signing an executive order to govern how college football stadiums operate this fall. Some states have opted not to make any effort to play. I believe we have to try. We can’t just abandon athletes and culture.
“First, and probably most importantly, seating capacity in the bowl will be limited to a maximum of 25%—if schools can ensure a minimum of six feet of social distancing between people who are not in the same household.
“Masks will be required whenever you’re walking around, entering or exiting…basically at all times unless you’re sitting in your seat away from everyone else.
“I know this will not be popular, but there will be no game day social gatherings around stadiums: rallies, parties, tailgates. It’s no fun, but it’s what allows the athletes to play. I’d still rather be in the SEC with no tailgates, than the PAC-12 or Big 10 with no football.”
You can’t argue with that.