SEC commissioner: Level of concern ‘high to very high’

Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey said Saturday morning that his concern for the upcoming football season is “high to very high.”Sankey’s comments came one day after the Pac-12 followed the Big Ten’s lead in deciding to play only conference games this fall in football and other sports.”The direct reality is not good,” Sankey wrote on Twitter after appearing on the ESPN Radio’s Marty & McGee on Saturday. “I want to provide the opportunity for college athletics to be part of the fall, but we need to all consider our behavior to make possible what right now appears very difficult.”With coronavirus cases rising across the South, Sankey reiterated his stance that the SEC will determine later this month its approach to the football season.”We put a medical advisory group together in early April with the question, ‘What do we have to do to get back to activity?’ and they’ve been a big part of the conversation,” Sankey said. “But the direct reality is not good and the notion that we’ve politicized medical guidance of distancing, and breathing masks, and hand sanitization, ventilation of being outside, being careful where you are in buildings. There’s some very clear advice about — you can’t mitigate and eliminate every risk, but how do you minimize the risk? … We are running out of time to correct and get things right, and as a society we owe it to each other to be as healthy as we can be.”Sankey said the decisions of the Big Ten and Pac-12 are not forcing his hand to make a decision before he’s ready.

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