It’s now official — we will not see any spring football games this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Southeastern Conference made the announcement early this afternoon.
All remaining spring and winter sports have been canceled, per the league’s announcement.
ALERT-The @SEC has announced all regular season conference and non-conference competitions are cancelled for remainder of the 2019-20 athletic year, including all Spring FB Games and remaining SEC championship events, due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) March 17, 2020
All other team meetings, practices and face-to-face recruiting remain suspended through April 15th.
“This is a difficult day for all of us, and I am especially disappointed for our student-athletes,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey in a release. “The health and well-being of our entire conference community is an ongoing priority for the SEC as we continue to monitor developments and information about the COVID-19 virus.”
The College World Series had already been called off by the NCAA, but the SEC had yet to completely call off the baseball season. That changed today. Swimming and diving, tennis, softball, golf and track and field were also canceled for the year.
The SEC also officially called off all pro day events for the season, creating a challenge for NFL teams who are currently evaluating college prospects. Tennessee had originally postponed both their pro day and their spring game, but now we know neither event will take place.