The SEC apparently doesn’t want to go through the scheduling nightmare it experienced during the 2020-21 academic year due to COVID-19.
The league announced Monday that if a team is unable to begin or complete a regular season conference event due to the unavailability of participants (due to COVID-19, injuries or other reasons), that team will forfeit the contest and will be assigned a loss in the conference standings. The opposing team that is ready to play will be credited with a win in the conference standings. Both teams will be deemed to have played and completed the contest for purpose of the conference standings.
If both teams are unable to compete due to the unavailability of participants (due to COVID-19, injuries or other reasons), both teams shall be deemed to have forfeited the game, with a loss assigned to both teams and applied to the conference standings. Both teams will be deemed to have played and completed the contest for purpose of the conference standings.
The commissioner retains discretion to declare a “no contest” for any event if extraordinary circumstances warrant.
Tie-breaker procedures specific to each sport will apply for determining conference champions, division champions where applicable, and/or seeding in conference championship events.
Any direct financial loss on the part of the school that was able to play a cancelled event may be submitted for consideration for reimbursement subject to approval from the SEC executive committee.