Reports: Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M are among SEC teams fined $100K for improper mask wearing
The SEC threatened fines for teams whose coaches and staff failed to adhere to conference protocols on wearing masks. And the conference took these threats seriously.
According to reports from Sports Illustrated and Stadium, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M are among the schools fined for improper face covering during their October 10th games. The SEC's fines were first reported by ESPN, which found that schools had been fined but the schools were not identified.
The fines aren't exactly that surprising. Jeremy Pruitt wore an orange and white checkerboard gaiter on his head, but not his face for most of his team's loss to Georgia.
Jeremy Pruitt didn't have his gaiter over his face. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher has spent more time covering his face around his neck than he actually has over his face. Fischer's team beat Florida on Saturday.
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M head coach, speaks without a mask. (AP Photo / Sam Craft)
Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin wore a headscarf over his face during his team's loss to Alabama, although it's important to note that the fines are not necessarily directed at head coaches. There were numerous assistants and collaborators on the sidelines of the SEC who did not follow the conference guidelines very well.
Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban before their game on Saturday. (Photo by Kent Gidley / Collegiate Images / Getty Images)
According to the ESPN article, the SEC has even threatened suspensions if violations of the conference minutes continue.
"We started broadcast game footage on Monday, which is evaluated every time a head coach is in front of the camera. Is a mask up, yes or no?" Sankey said on ESPN radio on Friday morning. "If you don't have this mask in place most of the time ... you are in danger of being fined."
The money the SEC sets for schools will come from the conference's revenue distributions.
The SEC threat of fines came before Alabama's trainer Nick Saban tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday. However, Saban tested negative on Thursday and may have been able to train in person on Saturday if he tested negative Friday and Saturday and the positive ended up being false positive on Wednesday. Saban said he hadn't felt any symptoms this week.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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