Greg Sankey issues statement on additions to 2020 SEC schedule
All 14 SEC teams learned their 2 new opponents on Friday afternoon as a revised schedule – without dates, yet – were revealed live on the SEC Network.
While the “SEC Now” crew did not have Greg Sankey on the broadcast, a brief statement from the commissioner was included in the release posted to the SEC official website. Sankey said the focus for the updated schedule was on competitive balance.
“We made every effort to create a schedule that is as competitive as possible and builds on the existing eight Conference games that had already been scheduled for 2020,” Sankey said. “This schedule is a one-year anomaly that we have developed under unique circumstances presented by the impact of COVID-19.”
Not everyone agrees with the commissioner. Some fans took to social media to accuse the conference of looking out for Alabama and LSU’s best interests by adding Missouri, Kentucky and Vanderbilt to the schedules of those two teams. Meanwhile, Missouri and Arkansas each added the two highest-ranked teams from the other division. The preseason Coaches Poll has new Mizzou opponents Alabama and LSU at Nos. 3 and 5 and new Arkansas opponents Georgia and Florida at Nos. 4 and 8.