Report reveals which 3 SEC teams got hammered for not adhering to protocol
On Thursday, there was a report that three SEC schools would have revenue deducted for not following COVID-19 protocols. Now, it appears we know which schools are getting hit.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, the three schools getting penalized are Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Tennessee. Aggies athletic director Ross Bjork confirmed his school’s penalty to Dellenger.
Dellenger also reported that “the fines are primarily connected to sideline mask-wearing behavior from coaches, support staff members, strength staffers, etc.”
“This will get everyone’s attention — mask up,” an administrator told Dellenger on Friday.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey had previously sent out a memo to teams stating there’d be a $100,000 loss in revenue for teams that didn’t comply to the protocols, with the amount increasing by $100,000 for each week of noncompliance.
The SEC continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vanderbilt-Missouri and LSU-Florida were both postponed this week after the Commodores and Gators each had virus outbreaks. Meanwhile, Alabama has been affected after head coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week (although it was announced Friday that Saban then tested negative on Thursday).
Now that Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Tennessee have each reportedly been penalized, any subsequent violations would lead to an even bigger loss in revenue, so it will be interesting to see if this prevents that from happening.