The Eagles were scheduled to visit Kentucky for the season opener on September 3 and travel to Missouri for a Week 4 matchup with the Tigers, but the SEC's presidents and chancellors approved a 10-game schedule that begins September 26 due to concerns around the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Department of Athletics is aware of the Southeastern Conference's decision to play a conference-only schedule, which impacts the football program's November 21 game at Missouri".
ESPN, which writes big checks to the SEC, obviously would rather air conference games than some that have the SEC vs. Rent-A-Win. 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.
"We took a different route as a conference and we were and are very comfortable with that route, and we took a path that would have allowed those games to happen", Swofford said. "The toughest conference in college football is going to battle it out in historic fashion".
The SEC will play a 10-game conference-only schedule, and if there is any fairness in the new schedule, which was not announced Thursday, the Razorbacks will get to play Vanderbilt, thus ensuring one of the cellar-dwellers of an SEC victory. MLB is the only major sport to return in the US without a "bubble", with players and games isolated at a neutral site. We've said over and over again, we're in it together.
The University of Missouri is scheduled to start "blended" classes, a mix of in-person and virtual instruction, August 24. "At this time, we have no comment related to the decision", he said. But college students, including athletes, roam campuses and mingle with other coeds, likely making every day a scary one for coaches trying to keep the situation in check.
That's an important development for the Broncos athletic department, which will collect a $1.175 million payout for the game. Evidence has shown with proper spacing, outdoor environments are a lower-risk environment than indoors.
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. Missouri sent out an amendment to its contract agreement in mid-June for all non-conference opponents through 2032, per associate athletic director Nick Joos, which states neither party is liable for cancellation in the case of a number of extenuating circumstances, including pandemic or public health crisis. The other conferences will be warmups for America's Conference, which will now have 11 straight weekends of intrigue and intensity.