The athletic directors in the Southeastern Conference gathered in a huddle — social distancing style — to discuss the upcoming season on Monday in Birmingham, but no formal announcements have been made regarding fall sports.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic dominated the discussions and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said, “it is clear that current circumstances related to COVID-19 must improve” moving forward. The league also discussed potential scheduling options for the fall sports campaign.
“We will continue to closely monitor developments around the virus on a daily basis. In the coming weeks, we will continue to meet regularly with campus leaders via videoconferences and gather relevant information while guided by medical advisors,” Sankey said. “We believe that late July will provide the best clarity for making the important decisions ahead of us.”
Prior to Monday’s meeting, Sankey’s concern was “high to very high” on the upcoming football season. Much like the SEC, the Atlantic Coast Conference is waiting until the end of the month to make a final determination on fall sports, especially football.
On Monday, the Patriot League joined the Ivy League on a list of conferences that have canceled fall sports for the upcoming season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week that non-conference games in football won’t be played this year with both leagues planning to compete in conference games.