“I think we will be back toward normal. That is different than back to normal.”

Greg Sankey, in his inimical, yet ambiguous, style, clues us in on what to expect this football season.

Sankey shared his thoughts on a range of subjects in advance of the SEC men’s basketball tournament, which begins in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on March 10. But while basketball was the primary focus, the commissioner looked ahead six months to the beginning of 2021 football season.

Thirteen of the 14 SEC teams have a season-opening game scheduled for Sept. 4. Mississippi is slated to play Louisville on Sept. 6 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta.

Sankey indicated it is possible the coming season could be affected in similar ways to the 2020 season. The SEC shifted to an all-conference schedule and did not start until Sept. 26 last season. Some games were postponed due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within programs. Four teams only played nine of 10 scheduled games.

“Some of the adaptations we had to put in place last year may have to remain,” he said. “Maybe not as dramatic as having to play conference-only football, but the potential for disruptions and readjustments of schedules may be there. The potential for having to continue to swab our nose.”

“There is a light at the end of this tunnel, but we are not done. We are not at the finish line. I want to be at the finish line more so than anyone, I think. I think the first step is to recognize we don’t know when it will fully end. …

“If we can get through this continuing decline in the COVID rates to a place where it is manageable, perhaps that toward normal is more like back to normal.”

Translation:  we need the money, so we’re playing all the games we can.  Unless we can’t.

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7 responses to ““I think we will be back toward normal. That is different than back to normal.”

  1. Illini84

    I wonder if they will come up with some digital verification of vaccination for entry to game? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/04/travel/coronavirus-vaccine-passports.html

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  2. 3rdandGrantham

    “Maybe not as dramatic as having to play conference-only football, but the potential for disruptions and readjustments of schedules may be there.

    My translation: Vandy will yet again cancel their game with us, followed by opting out a few weeks later.

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  3. Granthams Replacement

    I foresee enter at your own risk. By September everyone that wants a accident will have one. Leaders will allow individuals to make their own choice around crowded venues.

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    • Down Island Way

      Thanks to the commi$h for glazing over the hoops tourneys (mens/womens), spring sports sec rankings and heading $traight to importance of the up coming football $ea$on…..

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  4. Bulldawg Bill

    I know you understand what you think I said. I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not exactly what I meant.

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  5. I’m OK with the Vaccine Visa!

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