ATHENS — SEC commissioner Greg Sankey says the league’s annual media days event is “full steam ahead.”
Sankey did, however, qualify his comment on the Wednesday teleconference.
“Last Thursday morning, I was full steam ahead on planning a basketball tournament and was disrupted,” Sankey said. “So we’re going to prepare for disruption, but we’re going to plan as if, in July, we’ll have the Media Days opportunity as scheduled.”
The SEC Media Days are scheduled to take place July 13-16 at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Hotel at CNN center in Atlanta.
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart is scheduled to speak on the second day of the event, Tuesday. Other coaches scheduled Tuesday are Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason and Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin.
More from Sankey:
• Sankey reiterated his April 15 “re-assessment” day for spring practices. It’s curious considering on-campus classes have been canceled the remainder of the spring semester in the wake of White House guidelines dictating people not meet in groups of more than 10. “I’m not going to be overly optimistic,” he said.
• Sankey did indicate a modified football practice schedule after the spring semester could be on the table. “If we’re not able to practice further this spring, I’m confident that we’ll be seeking opportunities to make sure our teams our adequately prepared heading into the season.”
• SEC spring meetings remain tentatively schedule for May 26-May 29 in Destin, Fla. The league presidents, athletics directors and football and basketball coaches convene to address league issues and rules changes.
• Sankey explained student-athletes are not allowed to work out in campus weight rooms because that would constitute a “public health issue.” Sankey pointed out states have shut down public gyms.“The need to create community distance is at the heart of that issue,” he said.
• On the issue of expanded eligibility for spring sports athletes, Sankey said “I don’t think this is simply a senior issue. Everybody in our programs, particularly, spring sports, had their season disrupted, so my encouragement is we take a broad look at what type of opportunities we offer going forward.”
Sankey said league athletic directors will continue to hold daily teleconference calls. The SEC leaders are closely monitoring and adjusting to advice from health professionals daily.
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