SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey caused quite a stir on Monday when he said football games during the next season “will not be rescheduled” for reasons related to COVID-19 and additional teams could be lost if they cannot play.
In order David M. Hale of ESPN, ACC commissioner Jim Phillips explained during Wednesday’s media session that his conference has yet to decide on how to handle games affected by absences and problems related to coronavirus.
Similar to Sankey, Phillips strongly encouraged unvaccinated individuals to take the plunge, but also said the conference leaves vaccination mandates to individual schools.
“Personally, I believe that vaccines are critical to the protection of all and achieve the goal of eliminating COVID-19 and its variants,” Phillips said during his comments, “but I also respect a lot that it is a personal choice.”
The ACC’s medical advisory group plans to meet in the coming weeks to discuss protocols that could lead to a team being unable to play during a week of the season. As of Wednesday, more than half of the conference’s football teams had exceeded the 85% COVID-19 vaccination minimum required for the removal of some virus-related guidelines.