The Big Ten and Pac-12 decided last week to nix their nonconference football games and limit member institutions a conference-only schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The SEC is making no such move – at least as of now.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Monday the conference will continue to take a wait-and-see approach with hopes of having more information to make a decision later this month.
"It is clear that current circumstances related to COVID-19 must improve and we will continue to closely monitor developments around the virus on a daily basis," Sankey said. "In the coming weeks we will continue to meet regularly with campus leaders via videoconferences and gather relevant information while guided by medical advisors. We believe that late July will provide the best clarity for making the important decisions ahead of us."
Like the SEC, the ACC and Big 12 have not followed in the footsteps of the Big Ten or the Pac-12. Additionally, no Group of Five conferences have opted for a conference-only schedule.
SEC athletic directors met Monday in Birmingham, Alabama, amid uncertainty about fall sports, including lucrative football seasons.
"We had a productive meeting on Monday and engaged in discussions on a number of important issues that will contribute to critical decisions to be made in the weeks ahead," Sankey said. "The ability to personally interact over the course of an entire day contributed to the productivity of the meeting."
The Big Ten and Pac-12's decisions last week that their institutions will not play nonconference football games this fall resulted in speculation about whether other Power Five conferences also might move to a conference-only schedule.
No SEC teams had nonconference games scheduled with Big Ten institutions. Two games were scheduled against Pac-12 teams. Alabama was scheduled to play Southern California, and Texas A&M was scheduled to play Colorado.
Coronavirus cases are surging throughout most of the U.S., including throughout the South. More than 135,000 deaths have been confirmed in the United States, according to John Hopkins University data. Global deaths top 569,000, according to the database.