World News – AU – SEC vows to move forward amid messy week: ‘There will always be potential for disruption’


Nick Saban appeared on a Zoom call on Wednesday night, and the SEC face proclaimed good health after his COVID-19 test positive

Saban, who turns 69 later this month, said he was feeling good and would look for ways to help coach No 2 Alabama from afar in his game with No 3 Georgia on Saturday night.

Saban’s positive COVID-19 test and his inevitable absence from the Georgia game on Saturday continued a messy week for the SEC

With two games postponed this weekend and at least one likely next week, the SEC is on the move Wednesday too, Ole coach Miss Lane Kiffin revealed her team were facing a major viral outbreak

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Saban’s Zoom message on Wednesday night was clear: he’ll try to train with virtually the same vigor he trains on the pitch. « I haven’t seen anything different about training, » he said. he said, noting that he could see more

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey echoed this sentiment in an interview with Yahoo Sports on Wednesday night Asked about the league’s messy week, Sankey said it was the « messy first week » For three weeks, no SEC games have been canceled

“Our test plan has been effective,” said Sankey “In this environment there will always be potential for disruption We’ve seen it in other leagues, now we’re experiencing it for the first time”

When asked if the SEC would consider changing testing policies for the daily rapid tests used by the Pac-12 and Big Ten, Sankey pointed out that this system has been criticized and pointed to recent concerns. by Baylor sporting director Mack Rhoades false negatives

« I think we’ve looked at the big picture from the start and the potential for disruption and movement of our season, » Sankey said

News broke earlier on Wednesday that Florida’s game with LSU on Saturday was postponed This was expected after an outbreak of more than 20 players in Florida. A source told Yahoo Sports that the game’s cancellation of Florida next week with Missouri was seen as fatal, though the announcement may not come for a few days That would potentially mean two consecutive missed weeks for Missouri, as the Tigers’ game with Vanderbilt was called off earlier this week.

Of the 29 games that have been postponed around college football since August 26, two are from the SEC (A number likely to rise to three)

The SEC waited until the end of September to start gambling to endure the inevitable spikes that accompanied the return of students to campus As the sport faltered, the SEC held its cards and appeared to be patient

And although the league has run three weeks with minimal disruption, it has now found itself in a duel with the NFL over titles regarding outbreaks, brand names tested positive, and a game schedule that has rocked. like a Jenga tower

When college presidents expressed reluctance to play football this season, they didn’t want to become the Miami Marlins The Marlins, of course, were the poster child of the first issues of COVID-19 in the MLB When they got into trouble at the start, MLB felt pressure to end the season But he persevered

Adjustments were made Lessons were learned And teams and franchises felt uncomfortable The SEC is now officially uncomfortable

“I haven’t been comfortable since March 9,” Sankey said Wednesday night “It was the Monday of our men’s basketball tournament”

On Saturday, during the league’s highlight moment in the signature regular season game, COVID-19 will co-star The vacancies on the schedule and Saban out of the sideline will be the biggest story that looming over the weekend (Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne also tested positive, but Saban said no player had)

To Saban’s credit, he’s been one of the biggest advocates for mask-wearing and pandemic responsibility in sports He even filmed a video in May with Alabama mascot Big Al, where he scolds the elephant for not wearing a mask

Saban’s talking points on Wednesday were said to have all been approved by the CDC He mentioned social distancing, wearing a mask and said, « Suppose everyone you come in contact with is infected. »

He added that his biggest concern was for his family « I am quite isolated in what I do » he said « I hope none of them have a problem with it. that « 

In all likelihood, Saban will watch Alabama’s game against Georgia from home on Saturday.If FSU coach Mike Norvell’s experience parallels, Saban will not be able to come into contact with coaches from the ‘Alabama during the game

The eerie sight of Alabama playing without Saban on the sidelines will be just another of this year’s bizarre moments, and it’s another twist in a tough week at the SEC

“You may not have the kind of control that one would want,” said Sankey “This is reality in a COVID-19 environment We all have to recognize that the current standard Nothing is linear We will continue to do the best possible job and adapt if something goes wrong « 

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