Bertman was on a scheduled conference call with fellow athletic directors and commissioners to discuss bowl games when the conversation quickly turned to the safety of all student-athletes, coaches and fans.
"The athletic directors were asked to get together with their chancellors and presidents while the (SEC) Commissioner (Roy Kramer) got together will all the other commissioners in the United States - the NCAA, Major League Baseball and the National Football League to see what we were going to do," said Bertman. "We're going to have a conference call at 3 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday. The decision will be made, probably, unilaterally by the Commissioner. Naturally, we will support the Commissioner and league office in whatever they decide."
NCAA president Cedric Dempsey said the NCAA would cooperate with any executive orders issued by President George W. Bush.
He also said conferences and individual schools have authority themselves to postpone or to play all regular-season games.
"The games themselves are insignificant in the face of what has happened today," Dempsey said in a statement. "Our focus is entirely on the safety of student-athletes, athletics personnel and fans. We urge schools to make sound decisions about proceeding with contests today and in the coming days."