LSU trainer Ed Orgeron had said on Monday, when the conference headlines were dominated by pandemic issues, that his team was in an exhausted condition due to a coronavirus outbreak and subsequent quarantine.
“While it is unfortunate that multiple postponements were made in the same week, we started the season understanding that schedule interruptions were possible and we focused on the health of everyone on our programs throughout the season,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey issued a statement Tuesday. “We need to remain vigilant within our programs and in our communities to prevent the virus from spreading and manage activities that contribute to these disruptions.”
The Alabama LSU game may not be made up. When the SEC put their revised conference schedule only for this season, they left open a week before their championship game on December 19 so the games could be pushed back. However, that date is already set for a game between LSU and Florida that was postponed after an outbreak in the Gators program on October 17th.
Some SEC teams might still try to finish their schedule on December 19, but Alabama (6-0) is a big favorite to win their division and go to the SEC title game, and Florida (4-1) leads the other division.
“The possibility of rescheduling the Alabama game at LSU must be explored,” the SEC said. “Rescheduling games on the remaining SEC soccer schedule may include December 19th as the game date.”
“We are dealing with Covid and contact tracking. I cannot go into details. It’s a very fluid situation, ”Orgeron said on Monday of his Tigers who started the 2-3 season. He admitted that some unspecified starting players were affected by the outbreak but claimed the Tigers “focused on playing Alabama on Saturday night”.
Possibly down to a scholarship quarterback, freshman TJ Finley, LSU was dangerously thin in other positions, according to multiple reports. On Wednesday, Orgeron said that Zach Von Rosenberg, a 30-year-old punter, was the second team quarterback.
The SEC’s coronavirus guideline requires a team to have at least 53 fellows, including at least one quarterback, four defenders, and seven offensive players.
Orgeron revealed his team’s outbreak “began last week, likely Tuesday or Wednesday”. He said the later need to quarantine numerous players is “when you go deep [scholarship] Numbers. “
Mississippi state sports director John Cohen said Monday that his soccer team did not have the “minimum scholarship student-athlete” required for the Auburn game due to positive testing, contact tracing, and injuries he called “non-covid” decreed.
“While we are disappointed that Saturday’s game has been postponed, our priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our athletes and employees,” added Cohen. “We will continue to follow all established protocols and evaluate the most responsible path to return to the field.”
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach told reporters Monday that his team was on the verge of canceling their game against Vanderbilt, which the Bulldogs won, last weekend. “We knew there was a pretty good chance we’d have to cancel this week,” he said, “just because we were so close [then]. ”
The SEC announced on Monday that the matchup between Auburn and Mississippi State has been provisionally postponed to December 12th.
Florida’s opponent that weekend, Arkansas, saw his head coach reveal on Monday that he tested positive. Arkansas said Tuesday that Sam Pittman will not train this weekend but will “stay home in isolation and continue to attend team meetings virtually”.
“I’m embarrassed,” Pittman, who led the previously suppressed Razorbacks to a 3-3 start in his first season, told reporters on Monday. “… I’m just disappointed. You know, you start coaching and I won’t get the chance. “
“You can be sure of how to do it in your logs and the things that I think are excellent. But it can just happen, ”said Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher on Monday. “That’s the unfortunate thing about it.”