The college football schedule already is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several attractive non-conference games are now off after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week it is going to conference only schedules for fall sports. Other conferences could follow in the days ahead.

Georgia volleyball had two matches scheduled against opponents from those conferences in September that are now off, coach Tom Black said.

Purdue was slated to play in Athens and California was on the schedule as an opponent for a tournament at UCF in Orlando.

They were part of what he said was a great non-conference schedule “so of course we’re sad to lose the matches. Especially hosting Purdue at home. But not nearly as sad as we’ll be if there’s no season. We get the logic with travel and testing. It’s going to be a complicated season but having one is the top priority.”

Georgia soccer also had a game affected by another announcement that didn’t create quite as much a stir on Thursday.

The UGA soccer exhibition game against Clemson scheduled for Aug. 10 in Athens is off, team spokesperson Karra Logan said.

“It is doubtful the game will be rescheduled,” she said.

The ACC announced that each of its fall nonrevenue sports are delaying the start of play until at least September 1.

“The decision allows each campus to further focus on ensuring return to competition protocols are in place to facilitate the resocialization process,” the league said.

The SEC, ACC and Big 12 could follow with conference only schedules. Alabama’s football game with Southern Cal and Texas A&M’s game with Colorado were affected by the Pac-12 decision.

SEC athletic directors were to gather Monday in Birmingham in a previously scheduled in person meeting.

Commissioner Greg Sankey offered a stark view of the outlook for this football season in a radio interview Saturday morning, saying his level of concern is “high to very high.”

He added that “the direct reality is not good and the notion that we’ve politicized medical guidance of distancing, and breathing masks, and hand sanitization, ventilation of being outside, being careful where you are in buildings. There’s some very clear advice about — you can’t mitigate and eliminate every risk, but how do you minimize the risk? … We are running out of time to correct and get things right, and as a society we owe it to each other to be as healthy as we can be.”

The ACC in a statement Friday said that “over the last few months, our conference has prepared numerous scenarios related to the fall athletics season. The league membership and our medical advisory group will make every effort to be as prepared as possible during these unprecedented times, and we anticipate a decision by our Board of Directors in late July.”

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