ACC doesn’t know if teams could lose due to COVID-19 issues

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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey caused quite the stir Monday when he said football games during the upcoming season “will not be rescheduled” for reasons related to COVID-19 and added teams may have to be forfeited if they are unable to play.

According to ESPN’s David M. Hale, ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips explained during Wednesday’s media days session that his conference has not yet decided how to handle games affected by coronavirus-related absences and issues.

Like Sankey, Phillips strongly encouraged unvaccinated individuals to get their injections, but also said the conference is leaving vaccine mandates to individual schools.

“Personally, I believe vaccines are critical to protecting everyone and achieving the goal of eliminating COVID-19 and its variants,” Phillips said during his comments, “but I also deeply respect that it’s a personal choice.” is.”

The ACC’s medical advisory group is expected to meet in the coming weeks to discuss protocols that could prevent a team from playing for a week of the season. As of Wednesday, more than half of the conference’s football teams had exceeded the 85% COVID-19 vaccination threshold required for the removal of some virus-related guidelines.

Elsewhere around college football, Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban have both said their programs have crossed the 85% vaccination barrier.

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