SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey expresses his surprise to hear NCAA canceled baseball, softball championships
Things have been changing at such a rapid pace that it wasn’t stunning to see the SEC cancel the 2020 SEC Tournament and it wasn’t really stunning to find out the NCAA had canceled the 2020 NCAA Tournament given that event was set to begin in a week.
However, it was stunning to many to find out the NCAA had canceled the championships set to take place for the winter and spring college sports in addition to the basketball tournaments. Keep in mind, the college baseball season runs through June.
Here’s the official statement from the NCAA released on Thursday:
Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
Fans weren’t the only ones stunned by the news, as SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey revealed his thoughts on the news during a recent appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Thursday.
“I’ve been through enough surprising statements or events in the last 36 hours that I’m a bit numb, as you might imagine,” Sankey said on the show. “Surprised that we’ve made a decision now in mid-March to not play baseball or softball national championship event. So I look forward to learning what informed that decision.”
Sankey was then given an opportunity to respond to the news and he offered up a statement that would lead many to believe canceling an event several months down the road doesn’t make much sense with the information the SEC has on hand.
“I know what’s informed our decisions over the last day or so but the news from the NCAA on the basketball tournament and some of the championships happening now but obviously there was a decision to go further (and cancel other sports including baseball and softball),” Sankey added.
Based on these comments, the NCAA has some explaining to do in Sankey’s mind.