Multiple SEC schools fined for not following proper COVID-19 protocols on the heels of multiples games getting postponed and Nick Saban testing positive.
Multiple SEC schools will be fined $100,000 for not following proper COVID-19 protocols, according to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough.
This comes on the heels of a pair of games being postponed due to an increase in COVID cases, which saw the LSU-Florida game and the Vanderbilt-Missouri games for Saturday pushed back. And the biggest news being Alabama football head coach Nick Saban tested positive, but for now, no other Alabama football players have tested positive. Although, Alabama’s opponent last week, Ole Miss has reported some issues, according to Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin who cautioned they would be in good shape to play.
SEC schools fined for not following COVID-19 rules
According to the ESPN report, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said schools will have their conference revenue cut $100,000 for each week they don’t follow proper COVID-19 protocols.
In addition to the fines, suspensions could be the next level of punishment if teams do not comply with the rules.
This line from Sankey’s memo was in bold and underlined, suggesting the serious tone he was taking, “Do not relax – and do not let those around you relax – because of a few weeks of success.”
It’s unclear which schools are being fined and for how many weeks they’ve failed to comply, only that it’s more than one, and using the word “multiple” in ESPN’s report suggests it could be more than just two or even three.
The NFL has also had to get strict by fining head coaches for not properly wearing masks during games.