Greg Sankey asked about SEC playing conference-only schedule
Last week, the Big Ten Conference surprised many when it announced that it would play conference-only games in 2020, eliminating any non-conference matchups.
That didn’t impact the SEC, though, because no SEC-Big Ten games were scheduled this fall, but it did give a strong indication of what conferences are leaning towards for the upcoming season. Since then, the Pac-12 also announced it would have conference-only play this fall, too.
The SEC’s 14 athletic directors met Monday in Birmingham, Alabama, at the conference’s headquarters to discuss the upcoming season. No decisions were made, and the conference will make a decision in “late July.”
Following that meeting, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey joined the Paul Finebaum Show, and he was asked about the SEC’s thoughts on moving to a conference-only schedule for 2020.
“We are not at that destination,” Sankey said bluntly. “A number of our colleague conferences aren’t at that destination. So, the Big Ten made its decision. We have no common games with the Big Ten Conference this year, just one of our realities in our schedule.
“The impact of their decision is indirect,” Sankey continued. “We did have 2 games with the Pac-12 — USC-Alabama game scheduled to be played in Dallas and Colorado and Texas A&M. So, we’ve had minimal direct impact on our schedule.”
Sankey cautioned that he’s going to use time to gather more information before making impactful decisions for fall sports.