SEC teams could have to forfeit if they have too many players in virus protocols

By , Audacy Sports

The commissioner of the SEC has suggested college football's top conference will not allow games to be rescheduled due to virus considerations for the upcoming season.

Speaking to reporters as part of the league's annual Media Day, commissioner Greg Sankey reportedly said that teams will have to be "prepared" to play on game day as scheduled, regardless of potential roster binds created in the case of last-minute positive tests or mandatory quarantining.

If teams aren't ready or able to play, they could have to forfeit the game in question, Sankey added. He said he has proposed removing a minimum roster stipulation.

Last season, several SEC games were postponed or canceled altogether due to virus considerations.

Meanwhile vaccination rates seemed to be lagging in the powerhouse conference, with fewer than half of the 14 teams -- six -- having reached the 80% vaccination threshold by Monday, he said.

The upcoming season will mark Sankey's seventh as the top official of the league, where he had previously worked for several years in various roles.

The veteran executive was bullish about advocating for the conference's teams to up their inoculation rates.

"That number needs to grow, and grow rapidly," he said.

"Vaccines are an important and incredible product of science, not a political football. And we need to do our part to support a healthy society."

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