The 14 athletic directors met in person at the SEC offices on Monday to discuss the upcoming 2020 season along with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. The meeting comes just days after both the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced it would be moving towards conference only games for the fall season.
Sankey made it clear that while a decision on the matter of going to conference-only games won’t come until the end of July, things must improve with regards to COVID-19.
“It is clear that current circumstances related to COVID-19 must improve and we will continue to closely monitor developments around the virus on a daily basis,” Sankey said. “In the coming weeks we will continue to meet regularly with campus leaders via videoconferences and gather relevant information while guided by medical advisors. We believe that late July will provide the best clarity for making the important decisions ahead of us.”
The meeting also comes after a Sankey made similar remarks on ESPN Radio this weekend.
Sankey added more details on what was discussed in the meeting.
“We had a productive meeting on Monday and engaged in discussions on a number of important issues that will contribute to critical decisions to be made in the weeks ahead,” Sankey said. “The ability to personally interact over the course of an entire day contributed to the productivity of the meeting.”
As of now, Georgia and the rest of the SEC are still intending to play a full 12-game season, but that’s obviously subject to change. The conference has had only two non-conference games canceled, with them being Alabama-USC and Texas A&M-Colorado.
The ACC and Big 12, the other two Power Five conferences, have said they too will make a decision come the end of July. Georgia is set to play two ACC foes during the 2020 season in Virginia and Georgia Tech.
The Virginia game is set for Sept. 7 and will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Georgia Tech game is set for Nov. 28.
Last week Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said that he hoped to make the Georgia Tech game still happen, as Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky all have similar type games to end the season.
“It would be great to try to preserve games like that,” McGarity said. “I’m sure Florida feels that way about Florida State, then you have Kentucky and Louisville and Clemson and South C
Georgia is still going through voluntary workouts in preparation for the 2020 season, with the Bulldogs eligible to begin mandatory workouts starting on Wednesday.
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