SEC announces cancellation policies for 2021-22 athletics year, including forfeit rules

Nick Gray
Nashville Tennessean

SEC teams will have to forfeit a game if they are unable to participate in a game due to "unavailability issues" that includes COVID-19 related absences, the conference announced Monday.

The league announced its full cancellation policy, stating that a team forced to forfeit games will earn a loss in the conference standings, while their opponent would earn a win. If both teams are unavailable to participate, both teams will forfeit and earn a loss, according to a league statement.

Any conference tiebreaker rules will apply as normal, the conference said, with  commissioner Greg Sankey retaining "discretion to declare a "no contest" for any event if extraordinary circumstances warrant."

Two SEC regular season football games were canceled last season — Georgia vs. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M — and were declared a no-contest. The forfeit policy is new for this season.

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