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The athletic directors have spoken: SEC Football lives... for now!

Mizzou Links for Tuesday, July 14

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In yesterday’s links post, I posited that recent events (including all-conference schedules in the Big 10 and the moving of the JUCO football season) could spell doom for the 2020 NCAA football season. And while there’s still plenty of time for a line to be drawn in the sand, the SEC athletic directors have decided it’s still too early to make that call.

On Monday, for the first time in months, the ADs of the SEC met together to discuss the upcoming season. They adjourned their meeting without any clear-cut decisions on how the upcoming season will take place. Commissioner Greg Sankey explained that they simply need more time.

“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 added. “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.”

Sankey has been clear that he’s concerned about the state of the upcoming season, and his statement about Monday’s meeting doesn’t do much to change that. “Circumstances must improve,” implies they’re not in a good enough position to begin with, so there’s clearly some work to be done.

However, yesterday’s statement out of Iowa State — a Big XII school with far less on the line than most SEC programs — could have scared the ADs out of making any rash decisions. Instead, we’ll be left to wonder a little longer how COVID-19 could/could not wreck our plans to watch Eli Drinkwitz win a national championship in his first year at Mizzou.

In the meantime, social distance, wear a mask and wash your hands. Consider it your (very) small part in ensuring that we all get to enjoy football this coming fall.

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