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SEC announces Dec. 19 as date for rescheduled games amid pandemic

The Southeastern Conference announced Friday afternoon new measures to create football scheduling flexibility amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 4:19 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -The Southeastern Conference announced Friday afternoon new measures to create football scheduling flexibility amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a release, the SEC will utilize Dec. 19 as a playing date for football games rescheduled during the 2020 season. Parameters have been established that allow for the adjustment of game opponents as late as five days prior to competition.

All games planned for Nov. 21 will be played as scheduled. All games currently scheduled after Nov. 21 are subject to weekly evaluation in order to reschedule games that have been postponed this season.

“It has been a goal of the SEC to play a complete football schedule provided we maintain a healthy environment for student-athletes and everyone around our football programs,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “The added flexibility of a December 19 playing date for teams that do not qualify for the SEC Football Championship and the ability to adjust opponents on five-day notification provide a greater opportunity for our schools to play a full schedule of games in 2020.”

The SEC says Dec. 19 is the date of the SEC Football Championship Game to be played in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Teams that do not qualify for the championship game would be eligible to play on Dec. 19 that are rescheduled during the remaining weeks of the 2020 football season.

The SEC may also revise the football schedule up to 9 p.m. ET on the Monday prior to Saturday games for the purpose of maximizing the number of games available to be played.

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