WATCH: College football needs a commissioner, his name is Greg Sankey
ATHENS — SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has earned a level of respect like few others with the handling of his league’s interest throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Other college football leadership is splintering, particularly the Big Ten.
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren has a son who is playing football at Mississippi State, even while denying the football players in the Big Ten that same freedom of choice.
The Pac-12, like the Big Ten, has shutdown fall Saturday afternoon games, even while students are allowed on some campus.
The Big Ten hasn’t provided many specifics of its decision to discriminate against the athletes by denying them their opportunity to pursue their ambitions while allowing other students to pursue their collegiate desires in the classroom.
Sankey, meanwhile, stayed in touch with his league presidents and league athletic directors each week.
More importantly, Sankey kept the SEC leadership on the same page during this unprecedented crisis even as conditions and politics varied.
Big changes are coming to college football with pending legislation for Name Image Likeness, and One-Time Transfer rules.
Sankey has proven he can make good decisions under fire, but more importantly, he can coordinate and manage the needs of many.
Sankey being the top choice for college football commissioner — it seems an inevitability — is but one of the many points brought up and discussed on the Friday Night Mike Show this week:
• Georgia stadium attendance model and mask policy
• UGA tailgating talk, band, cheerleaders and artificial noise
• Deep dive into schedule stretch, why it’s not good for Dawgs
• What new NCAA eligibility rules mean for Georgia
• Which Georgia players might transfer out”
• What Dan Lanning said about key freshmen defensive players
• Thoughts on new offense, where there are questions
• Cade Mays transfer talks
OPENING LINES….Sept. 26
• Georgia -24 at Arkansas
• Alabama -21.5 at Missouri
• Florida -10.5 at Ole Miss
• Auburn -7.5 vs. Kentucky
• LSU -17.5 vs. Mississippi State
• Tennessee -3 at South Carolina
• Texas A&M – 29.5 vs. Vanderbilt