Greg Sankey expresses concern about SEC having a 2020 football season
As college football conferences start to make decisions on whether or not to play the 2020 football season, the SEC is in a holding pattern.
As of right now, the conference plans on playing all the games it can, even as other conferences are cancelling nonconference action.
But, according to ESPN’s Marty Smith, commissioner Greg Sankey is becoming increasingly worried about having a 2020 season at all:
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) July 11, 2020
Per ESPN, Sankey said the politicization of issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have put football teams in a tough spot as they try to gear up for a season that is supposed to start in September:
“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 said. “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.”
Sankey still plans to wait until the end of the month before making any final decisions, but things aren’t trending in a positive direction for any college football conferences at the moment.