SEC moves to 10-game, conference-only 2020 football season

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July 30, 2020 - 3:53 pm
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AUSTIN ( -- Texas A&M and the rest of the Southeastern Conference will kick off the 2020 college football season on September 26, conference officials announced Thursday.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey made the announcement Thursday afternoon. The season will consist of a 10-game, conference-only schedule, with the SEC Football Championship Game set for December 19 in Atlanta.

The schedule will include one mid-season open date for each school and an open date on December 12 for all schools.

Texas A&M officials praised the decision. "This is the right decision for the SEC, our athletics program, and most importantly the well-being of our student-athletes," Texas A&M Athletics Director Ross Bjork said. "Given the evolving nature of the current health challenge and the potential variables our University faces when thousands of students return to College Station, we believe a late September start for college football gives our students, student-athletes, staff, coaches, and university community the safest environment possible. An 'SEC-only' schedule gives us clarity, hope, and optimism as we approach the weeks and months ahead."

"This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus," Sankey said in a statement. "This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities."

Thursday's decision came after extensive discussions among SEC member presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, conference staff, and medical advisors, led by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.

"We believe these schedule adjustments offer the best opportunity to complete a full season by giving us the ability to adapt to the fluid nature of the virus and the flexibility to adjust schedules as necessary if disruptions occur," Sankey said.  "It is regrettable that some of our traditional non-conference rivalries cannot take place in 2020 under this plan, but these are unique, and hopefully temporary, circumstances that call for unconventional measures."

A revised schedule for the 2020 SEC football season will be announced at a later date following approval by the Conference’s athletics directors.

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