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SEC commissioner Greg Sankey offered an official statement on student-athletes eligibility standing should they elect not to participate in fall sports.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey issues official statement on fall eligibility option

ATHENS — SEC commissioner Greg Sankey pledged the scholarship support of the league’s institutions for players not wanting to participate in fall sports on account of COVID-19.

Sankey’s official statement, as released by the league office:

“SEC universities are committed to full support of its student-athletes, whether or not a student-athlete decides to participate in sports during these uncertain times

“SEC student-athletes have frequently expressed their desire to compete, but it is important for student-athletes and their families to know the financial support committed to them by their institutions will not be at risk because of health concerns presented by the current pandemic.”

 The players who decide not to play will have their scholarships honored and will remain in good standing with the team.

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The action came via a unanimous vote of the SEC presidents and chancellors after being recommended by the league’s athletic directors.

The SEC ADs met for more than 8 hours in person on Monday in Birmingham to discuss the league’s sports future amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The league pushed back the start of the fall sports schedule earlier this week.

Sankey, however, said he’s still aiming for a full season even after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week their schools’ will play conference games only.

Earlier this week news broke that Power 5 leagues are expected to announce standardized testing and other COVID-19 protocol.


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