It took time, but the SEC joined the package and its decision will overshadow a series of more than 100 years of competition with South Carolina.
The conference has announced that it will abandon non-conference football games and change the schedule for next season. It comes right after the ACC switched to the 10 plus 1 format, which left the door open for the South Carolina and Clemson game to take place. But Thursday’s news marks a break in rivals for more than 100 years in a row.
“The decision to limit competition to conference participants only and to resume the SEC championship game is based on the need for maximum flexibility to make any necessary changes to schedules in response to pandemic changes and ongoing advice from medical professionals,”; the league said in a statement. statement.
The season kicks off on Sept. 26, with the SEC title game taking place on Dec. 19. New opponents and a timetable have not yet been set.
It also means that the three most winning games come from the South Carolina slate, as they won’t include Coastal Carolina, ECU or Wofford.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 in July Started preparing only conference schedules. The exact planning mechanics are not yet public, as the situation does not change during a coronavirus pandemic, making planning very difficult.
“This new football schedule is in line with our university education goals – to allow a safe and orderly return to our students’ universities and to provide a healthy learning environment in these exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus,” said commissioner Greg Sankey. “This new schedule supports the safety measures that each of our institutions takes to ensure the health of our camp communities.”
South Carolina AD Ray Tanner said the school has made several attempts to keep Clemson’s game intact.
The Gamecocks non-conference schedule was Coastal Carolina, ECU, Wofford and Clemson. Gamecocks and Tigers have faced every season since 1909, with 117 meetings dating back to the late 1800s.
In total, three South Carolina non-Clemson non-conference game contracts were awarded, which will cost the school $ 2.75 million. USD.
Gamecocks started training with coaches on July 24. The start of the training camp was set for August 6th.
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