SEC announces schedule changes for 2020 football season

Georgia gains clarity but loses Georgia Tech via SEC’s conference-only move

The Southeastern Conference, like the Big Ten and Pac-12, will adopt a conference-only schedule for the 2020 college football season, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.

According to the clause, neither party shall be considered to have breached the contract for cancelling the game on any of the following grounds: "an act of God, national emergency, natural disaster, war, terrorism, civil unrest, or court order", or "the party becomes obligated, as a condition of athletic conference membership or affiliation (for football), to play a greater number of regular season football games against conference-designated opponents than it is now obligated to play against conference-designated opponents in the regular season of the cancelled Game, where Notre Dame is now obligated to play 5 football games each regular season against conference designated opponents as a condition of its affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference for football..."

On the other side of the coin, the SEC schools are going to have be even more diligent about protecting their student-athletes from covid-19.

UM athletic director Blake James told reporters repeatedly Wednesday evening and again in a WQAM radio interview Thursday that the 11-game schedule, which likely begins September 12, was "aspirational" and that college students can't be put in a bubble like the National Basketball Association - not to mention South Florida is among the worst areas in the nation in terms of people infected.

That could change after assessing how the format plays to fans and other key stakeholders in 2020. "I think it'll be interesting to see how one divison, 15 schools plays out this year with our fans. It could open the door".

In a normal year, the 14 football conference members are divided into the Atlantic and Coastal divisions, with the division champs meeting in the conference title game to earn an automatic bid to a major bowl game.

"I believe if we follow the protocols we have in place, the Hurricanes will have a successful season both on and off the field, " Frenk said.

You just hate to give up those easy games.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said it was a function of the timing of the schedule, which will begin on September 26 in the SEC.

"The 10-plus-1 is aspirational", Wildhack said. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future.

Because the SEC made the decision, and not the Tigers, it is likely Missouri's athletic department will not have to pay the buy game contracts on the non-conference schedule.

"It helps, but it's not a game changer", Wildhack said.

The ACC's decision ended the possibility of the Irish traveling to Annapolis, and the SEC's ruling prevents Arkansas from visiting South Bend, thus improving the chances of WMU heading 74 miles south to Notre Dame Stadium in Week 3.

How did Wildhack deliver the schedule news to Dino Babers?

Each of the 15 conference members and Notre Dame will play an ACC schedule of 10 games over 13 weeks, with one non-conference game allowed per team.

Thursday was the first step taken toward having a football season this fall, but there will be many more steps if the season is going to be completed.

Wildhack said the university continues to put together various models for hosting fans in the event NY state lifts its ban on spectators at sporting events.

The fan decision will vary from state-to-state across the country as government officials react to virus data in their regions.

Ohio State has announced it will plan for 20% capacity for its 100,000-seat stadium this fall.



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