By Joshua Huff, sports editor
BIRMINGHAM — Atlanta’s turn to host the Southeastern Conference Football Media Day has been shelved in lieu of a virtual event, the conference announced on Wednesday.
SEC Football Media Days was scheduled to be held in Atlanta, on July 13-16, at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel, but it will instead become the conference’s first virtual event.
“Conducting football media days in a virtual format will provide us the opportunity to manage the event in a healthy manner as we continue to be impacted by COVID-19, and will provide flexibility for our programs to adjust their preparation for the 2020 football season according to the preseason calendar that is expected to be expanded due to the cancellation of the spring football season,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “We look forward to returning to our traditional media days format in 2021.”
The conference announced that the event will feature Sankey’s annual “State of the SEC” address, as well as media sessions with the conference’s 14 head coaches and select student-athletes from each school. The SEC is in planning with the SEC Network to provide wall-to-wall coverage of the virtual event.
There has been no announcement regarding the dates and times of the event.
SEC Football Media Days is typically held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Wynfrey Hotel, which has hosted the event all but once since 2001.