The SEC also pushed back the date of the SEC Championship Game by two weeks, from December 5 to December 19, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The decision follows similar plans in response to the pandemic by other "Power Five" athletic conferences, such as the Pac-12 Conference and the Big Ten, which had previously announced their football teams would only play against other programs within the conference. "Those rivalry games are huge in the Southeast, huge in those respective states, and really, really big nationally from that standpoint, so you hate to see those disrupted, but each conference ultimately has to do what they believe is in their best interest".
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But the SEC now has two open dates for some wiggle room. "It was not hard for us to come to an agreement that if they were coming in, they were bringing their NBC games, they would play the same number of games as everybody else in the league then they would be eligible to play in the ACC football championship game as well as the Orange Bowl if they turned out to be our representative in the Orange Bowl as well and obviously the College Football Playoff".
In fact, the SEC and ACC were sharing info on the new schedules and the ACC knew ahead of time that there was an SEC plan to go to conference games only. MLB is the only major sport to return in the USA without a "bubble", with players and games isolated at a neutral site. "As a league, we understand the need to stay flexible and be prepared to adjust as medical information evolves in conjunction with local and state health guidelines".
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"We didn't have in-person summer school, but there were students on campus", Sterk said. But college students, including athletes, roam campuses and mingle with other coeds, likely making every day a scary one for coaches trying to keep the situation in check. "As long as the campus is operational, I feel like we can have football".
The conference generally plays an 8-game schedule each year, and will have to add two games.
Missouri is still planning on 20 percent seating capacity at Faurot Field this fall, but the athletic department will only be selling season-ticket and student ticket packages, not single-game tickets. "The Board's decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition".More news: Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is a track day toy for millionaires
Joos said every future opponent has signed and returned the document, including Central Arkansas, except for this season's other non-conference opponents BYU, Eastern Michigan and Louisiana. The states now faring the best are Kentucky (29,000 cases), Arkansas (40,000 cases) and Missouri (48,000 cases).