SEC COVID Cancellation Policies

Greg Sankey hath ordered:

In the event a team is unable to begin or complete a regular season Conference event due to the unavailability of participants (due to COVID-19, injuries or other reasons), that team will forfeit the contest and will be assigned a loss in the Conference standings. The opposing team that is ready to play will be credited with a win in the Conference standings. Both teams will be deemed to have played and completed the contest for purpose of the Conference standings.

If both teams are unable to compete due to the unavailability of participants (due to COVID-19, injuries or other reasons), both teams shall be deemed to have forfeited the game, with a loss assigned to both teams and applied to the conference standings. Both teams will be deemed to have played and completed the contest for purpose of the Conference standings.

The Commissioner retains discretion to declare a “no contest” for any event if extraordinary circumstances warrant.

Anybody have an idea what might constitute “extraordinary circumstances”?  Besides a team being in CFP contention, that is.

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14 responses to “SEC COVID Cancellation Policies

  1. J.R. Clark

    “extraordinary circumstances” like a hurricane hitting Louisiana?

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  2. RangerRuss

    Let’s say The Dawgs are 95+% vaccinated. A week after playing a certain team who will remain unnamed but initials are Auburn Tigers, the majority of the Dawgs are deemed exposed and subject to quarantine. I submit that as extraordinary circumstances.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Bear in mind that Greg Sankey’s win/loss rules are only effective for assigning conference standings. The only thing the conference rules could affect is who goes to the SECCG.
    The playoff committee isn’t constrained by Sankey’s forfeit rules. Suppose a playoff spot comes down to Alabama, with a 13-0 record but two forfeit wins, vs. a PAC 12 team or (irony of ironies) a Big 12 team with a 13-0 record but a puny TV footprint. Can’t you just see the explosion when the committee does its duty, checks the projected Viagra and Bud Light revenues, and picks Alabama! Hoo boy!
    Don’t even get me started on that scenario with Georgia in place of Alabama.

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  4. Ran A

    Wait until that other shoe drops – loss TV revenue recouped at the end of the season.

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  5. unionjackgin

    Extraordinary circumstances … one or both of the participants in SEC Championship game have COVID issues.

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    • Now that would suck ass

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    • Georgia beats Bama…cancelled due to extraordinary circumstances and hope that both are then chosen for the CFP.

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      • unionjackgin

        I am not much of conspiracy theory guy but suppose Bama & UGA are Nos 3 & 4 in the CFP rankings with matching 11-1 records. If one of the teams starts to have a COVID emergency, why would Sankey force one of the teams to forfeit and potentially knocking one of them out of the CFP?

        Wouldn’t make much more sense to say each team had a COVID issue, cancel the Championship game, have both go into the CFP and where they would not play each other until the CFP Championship Game if both advanced?

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  6. Bulldawg Bill

    How ’bout this scenario:
    Teams A and B are scheduled to play on the designated day. Team A decides they can’t play and forfeits, giving them a loss. Team B, unbeknown to the SEC, is in no shape to play either but keeps it under wraps, giving them a win.
    How’s that supposed to work?!?!?!

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