Fall sports focus of SEC’s Monday meeting; ACC reveals timeline

Southeastern Conference athletic directors will meet Monday at the league offices in Birmingham, Ala., to discuss the fall sports schedule, according to multiple reports.

It is believed to the first in-person meeting for SEC leaders since the coronavirus pandemic halted the league’s men’s basketball tournament in March.

Sports Illustrated said the meeting has been planned for weeks and is not a reaction to Wednesday’s announcement by the Ivy League to postpone fall sports, or to Thursday’s decision by the Big Ten to limit the fall schedule to league-only competition.

“The aim is for commissioner Greg Sankey to gather candid, in-person feedback from each athletic director about how they believe the conference should proceed with fall sports — especially football,” the Sports Illustrated report said.

The SEC football season is set to kick off on Sept. 3 when Kentucky hosts Eastern Michigan. The Sept. 5 slate of games includes a nonconference clash between Alabama and Southern California in Arlington, Texas.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement Friday that the conference would not make a decision on fall sports until late July.

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren followed the league’s decision to play conference games only with an extra word of caution about expectations for the 2020 football season.

“One thing we have to realize that this is not a fait accompli that we’re gonna have sports in the fall,” Warren told the Big Ten Network. “We may not have sports in the fall. We may not have a college football season in the Big Ten.”

–Field Level Media