In another massive move in the sporting world, the SEC has cancelled its basketball tournament this morning due to the concern over the coronavirus.
It was a few minutes after the Big10 had announced it was cancelling, that many other conferences were following suit. This has become the wildest 24 hours in sports history.
I arrived at the arena around 10:15 AM, with the tournament still on. As media members were starting to trickle into the arena, after Kentucky was finishing their shoot round, word starting coming down as I sat behind the ESPN desk. “It’s Cancelled” were the words that came from the producers mouth.
Immediately, everyone was working on confirmation, which finally came from the SEC in a tweet
ALERT: Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Southeastern Conference today announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) March 12, 2020
Then came a response from Tennessee HC Rick Barnes to Marty Smith
Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes just told me in no way should the SEC basketball tournament be played. He told me, “The kids have no voice. Are we just waiting on someone to get sick? Us and Alabama should be the first ones to say, “We ain’t playing.’”
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) March 12, 2020
Tennessee’s team had arrived, but then immediately left the arena once word came down that the tournament was officially cancelled. This could’ve honestly been the last time we see the Vols basketball team this season, exiting an arena.
To say this has been strange, would be an understatement. The conference tournaments were hell bent on playing these games as of last night, but pressure finally got to big.
The SEC officially suspended all spring sports until March 30th, which they will then re-asses. So, no more college baseball, softball or other sports.
We will keep you updated on everything going on.