WATCH: Explosive Georgia football news week, more signs season will happen
ATHENS — SEC commissioner Greg Sankey made perhaps the most salient point in the discussion of what’s best for college football player this fall during his interview with HBO.
During the recent exchange, as quoted by the USA Today, Sankey pointed out the players’ safety in a controlled athletics environment vs. what they have or would encounter otherwise.
Asked by the HBO host if by bringing players back to campus the league had increased the risk of infection, Sankey pointed out the alternative.
HBO interviewed Greg Sankey for Real Sports and this excerpt they’re releasing to the press is… well, it’s something pic.twitter.com/kJOy9UMA4Y
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 20, 2020
There will be some debate regardless of the direction the SEC and other Power 5 conferences take, but it’s becoming clear Sankey is doing what he can to give the players a chance to pursue their dreams and ambitions this fall.
The SEC announced last Friday that all fall sports athletes would have the option of not partaking in sports and remaining in good standing with the same amount of eligibility remaining should seasons move forward as scheduled.
Further, there was a report last week that the Power 5 conferences will soon issue uniform testing politics and COVID-19 protocol for the coming sports seasons.
At Georgia, the talk has centered around the quarterback room with USC quarterback JT Daniels being granted immediate eligibility.
Some supposed that could change the dynamics of the quarterback race, but the most informed opinions suggest Jamie Newman remains the favorite to start the opening football game.
There was more news for the Bulldogs on Monday when redshirt sophomore defensive back Dived Wilson announced he was entering the transfer portal.
Wilson said he wants to move closer to home amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Miami would be a likely destination.
With or without Wilson, Georgia football will move on into what promises to be a unique 2020 fall season.
The Bulldogs remain scheduled to play Virginia on Monday, Sept. 7, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Gary Stokan, the Peach Bowl president and CEO and Chik-fil-A Kickoff Classic organizer, indicated last week the SEC is exploring scheduling options that would take Georgia out of the game.
If the SEC goes to a conference-only schedule that includes only one non-conference game, Georgia AD Greg McGarity has said the Bulldogs want to hold on to Georgia Tech.
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