After the SEC had a relatively successful run through the first seven weeks of the season in terms of playing games amid the pandemic, this week has been an entirely different story.
On Wednesday, the Georgia-Missouri game scheduled for Saturday was postponed making it the fourth game slated for this weekend to be moved. The postponement comes as a result of positive tests and contact tracing of individuals within the Missouri program.
The Georgia-Missouri game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to positive tests, contact tracing & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Missouri program, the SEC announced. pic.twitter.com/YnseOMym4p
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 11, 2020
Alabama-LSU, Texas A&M-Tennessee, and Auburn-Mississippi State are the other three SEC games that have been postponed this weekend due to COVID-19.
While positive tests have been inevitable all along, this is quickly turning into a nightmare scenario for the SEC when it comes to remaining games on the schedule. For example, Ole Miss is scheduled to play Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and LSU in its last three games of the season, but with all three of those programs suffering a high number of positive tests it’s tough to see all three of those games taking place as scheduled, but time will tell.
The two glaring questions here are why can’t players test out of quarantine, and why is the quarantine period four days greater for close-contact players as opposed to players who tested positive? Thems the rules, though.