No college conference projects a mightier image than the SEC. The league says it itself in its motto: It just means more.
So, why should the SEC be influenced by what other conferences, even Power Five conferences like the Big Ten and Pac-12, decide to do with their football season?
Commissioner Greg Sankey said on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday that the SEC is unlikely to go it alone.
“I don’t think that’s the right direction, really,” Sankey said.
On this edition of “The Volunteer State,” Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams of the News Sentinel ponder, why not?
Big Ten presidents on Tuesday voted to cancel the 2020 season with hopes of playing in the spring, according to multiple reports.
The Big Ten has set the tone throughout the course of this pandemic. It was the first Power Five conference to cancel spring sports and the first conference to opt for a conference-only football schedule.
The SEC has acted deliberately, but usually follows the Big Ten’s footsteps.
But Adams points out that the SEC diverged from the Big Ten at least once already by deciding to delay season openers to Sept. 26, when the Big Ten opted for Sept. 5. So, why would the SEC need to follow the Big Ten’s lead on this issue?
Adams adds that the SEC should feel more comfortable about forging ahead if it can get at least one other Power Five conference to commit to a season.
Blake Toppmeyer covers University of Tennessee football. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @btoppmeyer. If you enjoy Blake’s coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it. Current subscribers can click here to join Blake’s subscriber-only text group offering updates and analysis on Vols football.