The Southeastern Conference will let such Tennessee Vols keep their scholarships due to coronavirus. Will any Volunteers do it?
How many Tennessee Vols football players will sit out? That is now going to be the question with the news that broke on Friday, which involves the SEC’s announcement that schools will let athletes sit out the fall sports and still keep their scholarships.
This was a way around the argument that amateur athletes were being forced to risk their lives for fall sports amidst a pandemic. As a result, the SEC deserves a lot of credit for making this move, and it’s a win-win for everybody.
Fall sports include volleyball, soccer and football. The Tennessee Vols do have some players who, given previous health issues, may want to consider sitting out this year to avoid any danger that may come with the pandemic.
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If that happens, how much of an effect will it have on Rocky Top? All of a sudden, the season, whatever becomes of it, could come down to which teams have the most or least amount of players choosing to sit out. It could also come down to which key players choose to sit out.
Now, there was nothing about whether or not players who do this receive an extra year of eligibility. Theoretically, some would be able to take a redshirt. However, what about those who have already used their redshirt?
Simply put, there are still numerous logistics to work out with this issue. It is still a smart move, though, and it makes for another major storyline heading into the season. Players sitting out is as big of news as dismissals or injury reports, and all of those things are in play.
We’ll provide updates on any Tennessee Vols athletes that make this decision. Jeremy Pruitt has the football program much deeper than it used to be, but key players choosing to do this could still create a problem. As a result, watch out for who makes that decision.