SEC Adjusts Schedule: Notre Dame/Arkansas cancelled

SEC Adjusts Schedule: Notre Dame/Arkansas cancelled

The Southeastern Conference has taken a drastic step to preserve college football games and the corresponding lucrative television contracts this fall by mandating a 10-game, conference-only schedule.

"I believe if we follow the protocols we have in place, the Hurricanes will have a successful season both on and off the field, " Frenk said. "Everyone would like to play a full schedule, including our rivalry game with Louisville, but this timing and format gives us our best opportunity to adjust to these unique circumstances".

With the coronavirus raging in the SEC footprint, the season-opener was pushed back to September 26, giving a much needed three-week cushion before players start going face-to-face on every down.

According to the clause, neither party shall be considered to have breached the contract for cancelling the game on any of the following grounds: "an act of God, national emergency, natural disaster, war, terrorism, civil unrest, or court order", or "the party becomes obligated, as a condition of athletic conference membership or affiliation (for football), to play a greater number of regular season football games against conference-designated opponents than it is now obligated to play against conference-designated opponents in the regular season of the cancelled Game, where Notre Dame is now obligated to play 5 football games each regular season against conference designated opponents as a condition of its affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference for football..." The SEC, however, followed the lead of the Pac-12 and Big Ten in shifting to a conference-only schedule this year.

"That doesn't make sense to me", Wildhack said. Sterk said Missouri's game against Arkansas originally scheduled to be played at Arrowhead Stadium will move to Columbia, but will still close the season, now December 5.

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It won't look like it usually does, but the SEC is still planning to play a college football season in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One reared its head early this week, when Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins had more than a dozen players test positive, setting off a chain reaction of testing, quarantining and canceled or postponed games.

"I think it'll be a good case study for us to really observe how baseball comes out of this", Sterk said.

Is this a glimpse into the future of college football? "There were veterinary medicine students, there were research students, so there's other students".

The Broncos are scheduled to visit Notre Dame on September 19, but the likelihood of that game came into question when the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday its member schools - including the Irish for 2020 - will play a 10-game conference season plus one nonleague game that must be in each member school's home state. We've said over and over again, we're in it together. "The Board's decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition. At this time, we have no comment related to the decision", he said.

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