STILLWATER — The college football season had some bumps at the start, but nothing like we’ve seen the past week and in the SEC, where their motto is “It just means more” they are dealing with it as if that motto is true during a pandemic. Now SEC schools will give up conference revenue for not being diligent enough in fighting the coronavirus and potential outbreaks or spikes.
Pokes Report checked with two Big 12 Conference officials and received a response as to whether the Big 12 would handle issues in a similar fashion. The on individual said they had not heard of anything like that in the Big 12. The conference has worked so much together, both in administration, medical staffs at each school, and coaching staffs to play contests despite COVID-19. There has never been mention of punishment for what might be seen as carelessness or lack of effort.
Oklahoma State has been one of the teams in the conference with an excellent record concerning COVID-19. Iowa State has also done really well. Those two teams are scheduled to play next on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. inside Boone Pickens Stadium. Virtually every other team in the Big 12 has either had to postpone of cancel a game or play one with significant players in quarantine.
According to the ESPN story early Thursday afternoon multiple SEC schools will be losing revenue as the conference will deduct it from their annual payouts for not adhering to proper COVID-19 protocols. ESPN reported that source with knowledge of the action informed them of the action.
A memo was sent out last week by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey that schools that do not follow the proper protocols to the letter will have revenue distribution cut by $100,000 for each week they are non compliant in the eyes of the conference.
Multiple SEC schools will have revenue from the conference deducted as a result of not following proper COVID-19 protocols, sources told ESPN.
According to a memo sent by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey last week, schools will have their conference revenue distribution cut by $100,000 for each week that they do not follow protocols. ESPN obtained the memo that also said suspensions would be considered for school staff and athletes who were considered as failing to comply with the protocols.
According to ESPN, part of the memo that was underlined and bolded for emphasis, Sankey wrote, “Do not relax — and do not let those around you relax — because of a few weeks of success.”
Just in the last several days two SEC games have been postponed because of positive COVID tests as Vanderbilt issues caused postponement of their game with Missouri and Florida reported 19 positive COVID-19 tests midweek and with contact tracing added, athletic director Scott Stricklin said the Gators would not have enough scholarship players to meet the minimum un order to host LSU on Saturday. On top of the two games being postponed, Alabama head coach and