It took a while, but the SEC joined the package, and its decision would draw a rival line with South Carolina that lasted more than 100 years.
The conference has announced that it will cancel non-conference football games and change its schedule for the upcoming season. It comes right after switching the ACC to the 10-plus-1 format, which left the door open for the South Carolina-Clemson game. However, Thursday’s news marks the cessation of competition, which has been played for more than 100 consecutive years.
“The decision to limit competition to conference opponents and rescheduling the SEC Championship Game is based on the need for maximum flexibility in making the necessary schedule adjustments while responding to developments around the pandemic and continuing to advise health professionals,”; the league said in a statement.
The season begins on September 26 and the SEC title game takes place on December 19. New rivals and schedule are not yet set.
This also means that three of the most winning games take place on the slate in South Carolina, as it will not include Coastal Carolina, ECU or Wofford.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 only made plans for the conference in early July. The exact mechanics of planning have not yet been announced, as the situation with the coronavirus pandemic remains very complicated, which makes planning difficult.
“This new football timetable is in line with the educational objectives of our universities to enable their student population to return safely and properly to campus and to provide a healthy learning environment in these unique circumstances posed by the COVID-19 virus.” Greg Sankey said in a statement. “This new schedule supports the security measures that each of our institutions are taking to ensure the health of our campus communities.”
South Carolina AD Ray Tanner has repeatedly stated that the school has tried to keep Clemson intact.
Gamecocks’ non-interference program was Coastal Carolina, ECU, Wofford and Clemson. The Gamecocks and Tigers have faced each season since 1909, with 117 meetings dating back to the late 18th century.
In total, contracts for three non-conference games not related to Clemson, South Carolina, were scheduled to cost the school $ 2.75 million.
Gamecocks began coaching passes on July 24th. The start of the training camp was set for August 6.
This story will be updated