Despite all the rumors and speculation in recent days regarding the fate of the Big Ten and the Pac-12 (and college football in general), the messaging out of the Southeastern Conference has remained steadfast — the SEC plans to play football this fall.

Ultimately, the decision to play the upcoming college football season will be left up to the 14 SEC school presidents but if league commissioner Greg Sankey and the 14 athletic directors from around the league have the ability and/or power to sway the decision, we already know which way they are leaning.

Case in point, following news of the Big Ten’s decision to cancel its upcoming fall season and push its season to the spring, South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner was asked for his reaction.

The way the head of the South Carolina athletics programs tells it, the SEC will not be waiver in its commitment to play despite the Big Ten’s decision,

The college football season hasn’t even started yet but it feels like the SEC just got its first win of the season with that comment.