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SEC will honor scholarships in the fall if athletes choose not to play

The Southeastern Conference announced Friday it will honor the scholarships of student-athletes who chose not to play fall sports due to COVID-19 concerns.
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Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 3:53 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Southeastern Conference announced Friday it will honor the scholarships of student-athletes who chose not to play fall sports due to COVID-19 concerns.

SEC Athletics directors recommended that the league follow the decisions of the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, and SEC presidents and chancellors unanimously approved the decision.

Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement, “SEC universities are committed to full support of its student-athletes, whether or not a student-athlete decides to participate in sports during these uncertain times SEC student-athletes have frequently expressed their desire to compete, but it is important for student-athletes and their families to know the financial support committed to them by their institutions will not be at risk because of health concerns presented by the current pandemic.”

The decision will impact athletes in football, volleyball, soccer and men’s and women’s cross country.

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