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Will The SEC Play Football Alone During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

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The SEC might play football alone in the fall.

At the moment, the fate of college football is in limbo after it was reported that the Big 10 might sit the season out during the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

 

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If the B1G and other Power Five conferences pull the plug, would the SEC refuse to join them? According to Sports Illustrated’s Tony Barnhart, the SEC could very easily end up going in on the season alone.

Barnhart’s biggest reason why is that the SEC has created flexibility in the schedule, and that there’s no reason for them to cancel the season just yet or potentially at all.

 

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Respectfully, I actually disagree with the idea that the SEC would go alone. The SEC might play if the PAC-12 falls, and they might even play if the B1G refuses to play.

However, I’m not sure I see a scenario unfolding where every single Power Five team sits except those in the SEC.

 

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The optics of that would be brutal for the SEC, and the PR nightmare that might unfold if a kid gets sick is impossible to comprehend.

If the Big 12, ACC and Big 10 all shut things down, then the SEC has to follow suit. They might not want to and they might even think it’s foolish.

However, they won’t have much of a choice.

 

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I’d be shocked if the SEC plays alone, but all options are on the table.