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SEC medical advisory group to ‘continue moving forward with football,’ according to Greg Sankey

Greg Sankey at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament announcing a cancellation due to Coronavirus back in March
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On Tuesday, fans received more positive news on college football from the Southeastern Conference.

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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has been fighting to keep the season alive, even though he stated via the Dan Patrick Show on the idea of the SEC adding a school for one season ‘is not quite practical.’

According to a report from Josh Kendall of The Athletic, the SEC’s medical advisory group feels very confident about moving forward and having a football season.

Per Sankey, “if the advice changes, that would certainly be a stopping point.”

The sports performance staff of David Ballou and Dr. Matt Rhea at the University of Alabama both believe a season can be played, despite the Coronavirus. Since the duo was hired back in March, Alabama’s coaching staff, players and fans have been very pleased with what they have contributed.

Not only are Ballou and Rhea for the #WeWantToPlay movement, but both have been involved with player development, performance optimization and sports medicine for a long time.

While he does not see the SEC on an island by itself, Sankey is not against the conference playing alone — if it becomes the case.

For now, the SEC does have the green light from its medical advisory group to continue with football preparations.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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