All three matches were considered postponements. Texas A & M-Tennessee and Auburn-Mississippi State are tentatively rescheduled for a December 12 open date; LSU already has games rescheduled for that date against Florida Gators.
The SEC said in a statement that “the opportunity to reschedule the Alabama game at LSU needs to be evaluated” and that “the rescheduling of matches on the remaining SEC football fixtures may include December 19 as the play date.”
All 14 SEC athletic directors agreed Tuesday that the conference should use December 19 as the dress-up date for any team that has a match postponed and does not play in the SEC title games that day, Arkansas athletics director Hunter Yurachek told ESPN. The SEC president and chancellor still have to unanimously approve the recommendations.
“While it is unfortunate to have had multiple delays in the same week, we started the season with the understanding that interruptions to the schedule were possible and we remain focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our program, ” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement,” We must remain vigilant, in our programs and in our communities, to prevent the spread of the virus and to manage activities that contribute to this disruption. ”
LSU has fallen below the 53-player scholarship threshold due to positive COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and non-virus-related injuries, according to a statement from LSU’s athletic director Scott Woodward.
“We are disappointed that there will be no football at the Tiger Stadium this weekend,” said Woodward, “but we will always prioritize the health and fitness of our student-athletes. We will continue to follow league protocol to return to safe and responsible play. “
LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Monday some players, including rookies, would not be available. Some tested positive, while the majority dropped out as a result of contact tracing.
Testing has kept the program thin on the quarterback, and the number of players under quarantine includes starters in attack, defense and special teams, a source told ESPN. According to SEC protocol, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must be quarantined for at least 10 days. Anyone deemed a high-risk contact must be quarantined for 14 days.
On top of COVID-19 concerns, Orgeron said it was starting a quarterback Myles Brennan will not be available to play as he continues to have lower body injuries.
LSU, who won the national championship and were unbeaten last season, got off to a bad start this season, lost in his most recent game, to Auburn on 31 October, down to 2-3.
Auburn on Tuesday stopped training after Tiger did 12 positive COVID-19 tests in the program, said coach Gus Malzahn.
Texas A&M says it has three active COVID-19 cases, including two people who traveled with the team to South Carolina last week.
“The nature of away game travel (flights, meals, lodging, locker rooms, etc.) naturally leads to an increase in the number of student athletes, coaches and staff who meet mandatory quarantine criteria under contact tracing guidelines,” Texas A&M athletics director Ross Bjork said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.