SEC: Fall Athletes Who Sit Out Will Retain Scholarships

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Southeastern Conference student-athletes who elect to not participate in intercollegiate athletics during the fall 2020 academic semester because of health or safety concerns related to COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their respective universities and will remain in good standing with their teams, according to a statement posted on the conference website Friday.

The action is the result of a unanimous vote of the SEC's presidents and chancellors following a recommendation of the conference's athletics directors.

"SEC universities are committed to full support of its student-athletes, whether or not a student-athlete decides to participate in sports during these uncertain times," said SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. "SEC student-athletes have frequently expressed their desire to compete, but it is important for student-athletes and their families to know the financial support committed to them by their institutions will not be at risk because of health concerns presented by the current pandemic."

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