LEXINGTON, Ky. --- In wake of the tragic events of last week, the Southeastern Conference has announced that the conferences football championship game will be rescheduled for Dec. 8 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The SEC Championship Game was originally scheduled to be played on Dec. 1. Kickoff time will be announced at a later date.
The conference games originally scheduled for Sept. 15 will now be played on Dec. 1. The list includes Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, Tennessee at Florida, and Auburn at LSU. All non-conference games that were scheduled for Sept. 15 will be rescheduled by the participating institutions.
On Monday, Kentucky Athletics Director Larry Ivy said discussions were under way with Indiana concerning potential make-up dates for their postponed game.
"Probably, it's going to be Dec. 1," he said. "That's one option they're looking at. But they play Purdue on the 24th (of November). If they want to try and play Purdue on the last day of the season, which is traditional, they could possibly move that game to Dec. 1 and play ours on Nov. 24. But Purdue has a game that has to be made up with Notre Dame, and that hasn't been scheduled.
"My best guess is Dec. 1. We should know later today or tomorrow a definite on that."
Both Kentucky and Indiana had an open date for Oct. 27, but officials for both schools felt that would have put an undue strain on their teams. The Hoosiers would then have to play 10 consecutive Saturdays, while the WIldcats would play nine straight with four consecutive on the road -- Oct. 20 at Georgia, Oct. 27 at Indiana, Nov. 3 at Mississippi State and Nov. 11 at Vanderbilt.
The SEC also announces that all of its football games scheduled for this weekend will take place as scheduled. The list of games includes South Carolina at Mississippi State on Thursday and Florida at Kentucky, Arkansas at Alabama, Richmond at Vanderbilt and Auburn at Syracuse on Saturday.
Participation in all other sports competition will be left to the discretion of each institution.
If required by changing events or circumstances in the aftermath of this national tragedy, adjustments could be made to this schedule.