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.
Yesterday at Rock M
- You don’t have to look too far down on this watch list before you see a familiar name...
The 2020 Chuck Bednarik Award watch list has dropped! pic.twitter.com/IVCJrjhRhi— Maxwell Football (@MaxwellFootball) July 13, 2020
The Bednarik Award goes to the best defensive player in college football every year. Mizzou has never had a winner.
- Cuonzo Martin is working on a committee with John Calipari to foster minority leadership within the college basketball and athletics in general .
- PowerMizzou subscribers can read Gabe’s Monday morning thoughts and some additional thoughts on a 4-star defensive end who currently has Mizzou in his Top 3 schools... and could be committing soon.
- Rivals subscribers can also get access to an interview with a 2022 defensive end out of John Burroughs High School in St. Louis who says Mizzou is standing out early in his recruiting process.
- Congrats to Mizzou commit Tyler Macon and recruit Dominic Lovett for making the Preseason Max Preps high school All-American second team!
The 2020 preseason high school All-American football team is led by Caleb Williams, Emeka Egbuka, TreVeyon Henderson, and Korey Foreman.— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) July 13, 2020
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