SEC postpones start of three fall sports until at least Aug. 31


Greg Sankey

Greg Sankey Photo by: Southeastern Conference staff


Ben Portnoy



STARKVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday it will delay the starts of its 2020 volleyball, soccer and cross-country seasons until at least Aug. 31 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The delay will include all exhibition and non-conference games in addition to previously scheduled contests between SEC members. Non-conference games affected by the postponement are to be rescheduled by each respective school.


Tuesday's decision comes as COVID-19 numbers continue to climb nationwide. To this point, the conference has not made any decisions regarding football, while the Pac-12 and Big Ten announced last week that it would play conference-only schedules in 2020, if health measures permit.



SEC administrators met in Birmingham on Monday with conference Commissioner Greg Sankey amidst growing concern regarding the likelihood of fall athletics.




Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.


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