Watch list: Big 12, SEC taking time with scheduling decisions

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Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, addresses reporters in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 12. Sankey said the SEC will take more time to sort through its options before making a decision about its 2020 college football schedule.

The Southeastern Conference is pivoting to a conference-only schedule for the 2020 college football season. Oklahoma's Sept. 12 game against Tennessee has been canceled as a result.

The SEC is moving to a 10-game schedule for its 14 members. The SEC will start its season on Sept. 26. The league's championship game will move from Dec. 5 to Dec. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

"This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. "This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities."

This is a developing story.

Joe Buettner is the Norman Transcript's sports editor. You can contact him at 405-366-3580 or jbuettner@normantranscript.com. Follow him on Twitter, @ByJoeBuettner.

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