The Southeastern Conference plans to kick off its 2020 season Sept. 26.
The nation’s most notable conference announced Thursday it will play only conference opponents. The SEC championship game is slated for Dec. 19 in Atlanta instead of Dec. 5.
The announcement comes on the heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference announcing it would play a conference-only slate. The ACC made its decision Wednesday.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a press release the decision provides the SEC the safest path to a return to play.
“This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus,” Sankey said. “This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities.”
The SEC will announce its revised schedule at a later date and continue to monitor health trends in states within the conference.
Because of the latest development, the game between Auburn and North Carolina on Sept. 12 in Atlanta is officially off. The game would have pitted two former Navarre Raiders against each other.
Nick Brahms is a senior center for Auburn. Michael Carter is a senior running back for the Tar Heels.
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