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SEC Announces Football Scheduling Flexibility


The Southeastern Conference will utilize December 19 as a playing date for football games rescheduled during the 2020 season due to the impact of COVID-19 and has established parameters that allow for the adjustment of game opponents as late as five days prior to competition, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Friday.

As of Friday, all games planned for November 21 will be played as scheduled. All games currently scheduled to be played after November 21 are subject to weekly evaluation in order to reschedule games that have been postponed during the 2020 season.

"It has been a goal of the SEC to play a complete football schedule provided we maintain a healthy environment for student-athletes and everyone around our football programs," said Sankey. "The added flexibility of a December 19 playing date for teams that do not qualify for the SEC Football Championship and the ability to adjust opponents on five-day notification provide a greater opportunity for our schools to play a full schedule of games in 2020."

December 19 is the date of the SEC Football Championship Game to be played in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Teams that do not qualify for the championship game would be eligible to play games on December 19 that are rescheduled during the remaining weeks of the 2020 football season.

In addition, the Conference office may revise the weekly football schedule up to 9 pm ET/8 pm CT on the Monday prior to Saturday games for the purpose of maximizing the number of games available to be played. The games subject to rescheduling would only be those on a team's original schedule and against opponents that a team has not yet played.

Texas Southern Fan
RIP Wayde
Member since Jan 2007
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Have a feeling Dec 19 will be known as “opt out weekend”

As of now our two ppd opponents will likely be playing each other in atl

Member since Jun 2009
2475 posts

Yeah if games do not matter to the outcome of the East/West champion, then I can see them not being played. If Bama runs the table and we are the only game left and a loss to us would not matter, then I can see them just cancelling our game.

Same with Florida, if a win or loss vs LSU doesn't impact their ability to win the East, then the game doesn't get played.

At this point, I'm just hoping I can get one more game in the stadium so I can take a picture of the cardboard cutouts I bought for my sons.

Texas Southern Fan
RIP Wayde
Member since Jan 2007
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Should be back to business next weekend. The question is will there be any more mini outbreaks over thanksgiving weekend.

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New Orleans, LA
Member since May 2014
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WHY would ANYONE want to play a meaningless college football game on DECEMBER 19th????

Cancel this shit

Smell the crawfish
In enemy territory
Member since Nov 2018
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I agree! Also, why would a team want to risk injuries and the possibility of getting the virus for nothing.

Member since Feb 2015
145 posts

Goal is to get contenders as many games as possible.

Secondary goal is to recover as much revenue as possible.

Cancelling games = less revenue.

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