SEC commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement following the Big Ten and Pac-12's announcement that the leagues were canceling fall sports, including football, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I look forward to learning more about the factors that led to the Big Ten and Pac-12 leadership to take these actions today," the statement reads. "I remain comfortable with the thorough and deliberate approach that the SEC and our 14 members are taking to support a healthy enviroment for our student-athletes. We will continue to further refine our policies and protocols for a safe return to sports as we monitor developments around COVID-19 in a continued effort to support, educate and care for out student-athletes every day."
Sankey's comments come after he appeared on the Dan Patrick show Tuesday morning and said the league was moving forwatd with its plans for the upcoming season. Sankey was asked about the potential for the league to play its upcoming conference-only slate even if others postpone or cancel their seasons.
“I don’t think that’s the right direction really,” Sankey told Patrick. “Could we? Certainly. So there’s a difference between can you do something and should you do something in life.
“So, we are actually set up with our schedule, with our own health protocols, that we could, if that was the circumstance, operate on our own. I’m not sure that’s the wisest direction.”
The ACC also announced it's still moving forward with its plans for a 2020 season.