COVID is not meant to be canceled in 2021 – Crescent City Sports

SEC Media Days

It’s great to be back at SEC Media Days.

It’s great to talk about football.

One of the strangest things about this year’s edition after a year hiatus is the absence of fans. The lobby here at the Wynfrey Hotel is empty of autographers and mere media day followers.

Here are some more that stood out as media day kicked off Monday, and LSU got its turn at the event in Hoover, Ala.

The SEC won’t stop for COVID

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has spoken extensively about the pandemic and the Delta variant that has increased the number of COVID cases nationwide. He made it clear that the league would not postpone any matches.

If an SEC team has an outbreak of the virus in their club and cannot produce a list of 53 scholarship recipients, a team will be disqualified.

Sankey explained that last year’s schedule had some flexibility built in for COVID, but it was 2021, he said.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said he cannot order his players to get vaccinated, but he said his message to his players is not to let anything get in the way of the team’s progress. compete for the championship.

Sankey was asked about the upcoming move of the premier league’s weekly games to the ABC and ESPN platforms. He said the 2:30 p.m. Central time slot, now held by CBS, will continue with ABC/ESPN. However, in a change, the late national TV window (golden hour) will also be used more often.

Myles or Max?

Orgeron made an interesting comment on the battle to be the starting quarterback between Myles Brennan and Max Johnson. He said every match in reality and in the scenario will be charted and put into a “computer” but he can make decisions on his own.

Orgeron said he plans to make a decision on who will start behind the center a week before LSU plays at UCLA on September 4 at the Rose Bowl.

On the road again

Attack handler Austin Deculus certainly enjoyed his flight to Alabama and his time in the media days. Right of the Tigers even asked a reporter from Baton Rouge whether he flew or drove to Birmingham?

A media member volunteered to respond.

“We are local TV reporters,” said the reporter. “We’re always driving.”

Make NIL work

On behalf of WGNO-TV, we interviewed Charles Hanagriff, a veteran Baton Rouge reporter who also hosted an LSU football game. He also works for the marketing company MatchPoint that helps connect businesses with what he says are about a dozen LSU athletes. Among his clients are quarterback Myles Brennan and full-back Derek Stingley, Jr.

Hanagriff said if the opportunities for name, image and likeability (NIL) were to come last season, full-back Max Johnson would have had a marketing deal before he “enters the dressing room” later when LSU was disappointed in Florida.

MatchPoint keeps nine percent of the proceeds from any deal made between the athlete and the business.

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