BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTVA) - The Southeastern Conference (SEC) will hold its upcoming football media days online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the conference has not yet announced when the event will be held.
This year’s event was scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, July 13-16 at the College Football Hall of Fame and the Omni Atlanta Hotel.
The pandemic and safety guidelines forced the SEC to make the move online. The College Football Hall of Fame was also damaged and looted during violent protests less than two weeks ago, according to ESPN.com.
"Conducting football media days in a virtual format will provide us the opportunity to manage the event in a healthy manner as we continue to be impacted by COVID-19, and will provide flexibility for our programs to adjust their preparation for the 2020 football season according to the preseason calendar that is expected to be expanded due to the cancellation of the spring football season," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "We look forward to returning to our traditional media days format in 2021.”
The SEC annually holds its media days each summer, during which each institution’s head football coach and selected players speak to the media about the upcoming football season.