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After SEC delays start of other fall sports, we wait for the other shoe (cleat) to drop

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Mizzou Links for Wednesday, July 15

The SEC is making decisions... but football awaits its fate

Well, the SEC has made a decision.... about SOME fall sports. Volleyball, soccer and cross country seasons have officially been delayed.

The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that it will postpone the start of volleyball, soccer and cross country competition through at least August 31. The decision will provide additional time to prepare for the safe return of competition on an adjusted timeline.

While these aren’t the sports that everyone talks about, it’s still important to note. Their official schedules aren’t finalized, so there is time for them to make adjustments. Back in late May, Souichi Terada wrote in the KC Star that soccer had already started preparing for this by backing out of a tourney they planned to attend in California.

Several of Mizzou’s fall sports coaches spoke up about this in statements released by the Athletic Department. From Head Volleyball Coach, Joshua Taylor:

The safety of our student-athletes and coaching staff is the number one priority. These decisions are in the best interest of everyone involved. We will continue to adjust our preparation and training for the 2020 season and will be ready to go when the opportunity arises.

As for how this impacts competitions typically going on in August, Andy Kimball of the Columbia Missourian reported that last season, the volleyball team played its Black and Gold game, one exhibition and one non-con game in August. Cross country typically has had a season-opening home meet in late August.

As mentioned in Josh’s links earlier this week, the SEC will not be making a decision about football until late July, so until then... we wait.

On to the links!


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