Despite all odds, the 2020 college football was a huge success. Thanks to the leadership from Greg Sankey of the Southeastern Conference, who held steadfast in his stance of playing college football this fall. Thank the good Lord above he did having College Football this fall was a much-needed glimmer of hope for a region that needed it the most. Given the narrative that was being pushed in the preseason, the Southeastern Conference far exceeded expectations this fall.
First commissioner Greg Sankey laid the groundwork to play an SEC only schedule with the SEC Championship game being the end of the season. That plan then took an excellent turn for the better when the SEC lead the way in having a normal bowl season, including a College Football Playoff. This turned out to be the smart decision by Greg Sankey and the fourteen Head Coaches across the league.
When you take a step back and look at this season as a whole, you have to give credit to the Southeastern Conference. This season was challenging, and nobody is saying it wasn’t. However, from an outside looking perspective, the SEC did things the right way. Out of 71 scheduled games, the SEC was able to play 69 of those, including an impressive 7-2 record in the bowl games and a National Championship winner in Alabama.
Sure, our usual tailgate spots were a bit empty this fall. Sure, our stadiums were empty this fall and a lot of SEC fans had streaks snapped because of the virus, but the spirit of the SEC never died. When the history books look back on this season, a lot of credit will be given, and rightfully so to Greg Sankey and his leadership that saved the 2020 College Football season.
Lastly, when you look back on the 2020 season, it’s important to give thanks to the student-athletes, coaches, and support staff’s across the SEC for their sacrifices this season. These human beings had to be tested almost daily had to isolate themselves from their families and friends to give us the fans a successful College Football season. These people did it for you! They wanted to give the fans a sense of hope during a dark time in our countries history. For that, we are thankful.
As we round the corner heading to next fall, let’s take some time to reflect on the lesson that this College Football season taught us. In the grand scheme of things, SEC football does not affect the long term, but without it, things just don’t seem normal.