SEC Media Days Postponed Due to COVID-19 Pandemic; No New Dates Announced

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2020

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detail view of the SEC logo on a field marker during the game between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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The 2020 SEC media days, which were already moved to a virtual format because of the coronavirus pandemic, have now been postponed from their scheduled time frame of July 13-16. No new dates were announced.

A conference spokesperson confirmed the news Tuesday to John Talty of AL.com, who noted the annual event featuring press conferences from football coaches and players will now likely take place either in late July or the first week of August.

The media days were previously scheduled to take place at the start of the NCAA's preseason model, which allows for workouts and film sessions beginning July 13 and full-team activities, including walkthroughs, starting July 24.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, who was scheduled to deliver a State of the SEC address during the event, released a statement after the decision was made to move the media days virtual on June 10:

"Conducting football media days in a virtual format will provide us the opportunity to manage the event in a healthy manner as we continue to be impacted by COVID-19, and will provide flexibility for our programs to adjust their preparation for the 2020 football season according to the preseason calendar that is expected to be expanded due to the cancellation of the spring football season. We look forward to returning to our traditional media days format in 2021."

The four-day showcase was scheduled to be broadcast live on the SEC Network.

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For now, the 2020 college football season is slated to continue as planned despite the recent surge of coronavirus cases around the United States.

Week 1 is set to begin Aug. 29. Head-to-head play in the SEC is scheduled to kick off in Week 2 on Sept. 12 when Kentucky is at Florida and Vanderbilt plays at Missouri.

LSU is the reigning national champion. Alabama, Georgia and Florida are also among the conference's title contenders heading into 2020.

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