SEC players have plenty of concerns leading up to the season, which will start on Sept. 26
The SEC will see its football teams take the field this season, with it recently announced there will be a 10-game conference-only schedule. The new campaign will officially get underway for Week 1 showdowns on Sept. 26.
Leading up to the action, however, you better believe there are several players who are concerned about suiting up leading up to the late September start. Not only that, student-athletes are also worried about getting back on campus and going to classes.
That much was made clear this week when the Washington Post got its hands on an audio recording of players discussing things with SEC medical officials.
SEC players are worried heading into the 2020 season
Per the Post’s Robert Klemko, a player on the call asked one of the officials if he would allow his children to play football in the upcoming season. The official responded by saying he’s currently letting his kids play football and baseball.
Ole Miss linebacker Mohamed Sanogo went on to ask how the players would be able to stay safe and follow coronavirus protocols if they were to return to classes with non-athletes around them in classrooms.
For example, say a football player was in a classroom with 20-30 regular students who didn’t have to adhere to the same protocols as the student-athletes on campus. How would the players be able to feel safe and be confident knowing they’re not at risk of receiving the virus?
The answers from the officials are downright concerning and will likely only lead to more questions from the players getting ready to get on the gridiron in less than two months.
While the idea of football taking place this fall is exciting, the concerns and worries of the players and coaches must be taken into consideration.