U-Turn: All SEC Games Postponed

Auburn, Ala.--All Southeastern Conference football games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed. The league had a change of plans on Thursday after originally announcing on Wednesday that all scheduled games this weekend would be played. <p>

The Auburn at LSU contest had been put in the 8 p.m. time slot for coverage by ESPN2. LSU Athletics Director Skip Bertman announced a time change to 6:45 p.m. and a move to ESPN on Thursday morning.

The conference is expected to push back the SEC Championship Game one week and play the postponed games that week.

Bertman made this comment on Thursday afternoon, "In obviously what is one of the toughest times in American history, decisions are very, very tough to make. We support the Southeastern Conference's decision to not play and we hope to make this game up at a later date."

The SEC released this statement on Thursday afternoon: "The Southeastern Conference joins all of the other major sporting entities in the nation in postponing all athletic events, including the football games scheduled for Sept. 15th.

"The conference continues to believe this country must begin the healing process following the horrendous events of this past week and will evaluate all future schedules at an appropriate time.

"The SEC reaffirms its commitment of $1,000,000 to the funds that will assist the victims in this event."

LSU football coach Nick Saban had these comments on Thursday. "I understand the circumstances and I understand the impact of what's happened to our country and to the people that are involved with this. I certainly respect the decision that we've made and I'm very supportive of it.

"What we've tried to do here this week is help our players to focus so that if we did play, that we were going to be able to play well. Now that's not a possibility so we have to look ahead and focus on what we need to do later on.

"There are more important things for all of us to think about right now and that's the well-being of our country and all of the people that have been affected by this tragedy. We have a couple of days to reflect on that. We didn't have that opportunity to do that before, now we do.

"There are more important things than a football game and this is one of those situations right now."

The Auburn soccer match vs. UAB on Saturday was cancelled on Thursday, too.

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