4:45 LRN Sportscast July 29

Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reports that the SEC athletic directors support the idea of a ten-game conference-only football schedule. Dellenger has learned SEC presidents will meet virtually tomorrow to consider the proposal. But a vote might wait until next week.

The ACC has announced that its schools will play a 10-game conference schedule starting the week of September seven to 12. Notre Dame will be part of that conference schedule and will be eligible for the ACC Football Championship game. ACC schools can also play one non-conference game, but the game must be played at that school’s home state.

Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry says Zion Williamson will be a game-time decision tomorrow when New Orleans restarts its season versus Utah. Williamson practiced for the first time yesterday after leaving the NBA bubble to attend to a family emergency. Gentry says the team’s medical staff will determine if Williamson will play.

Saints players are getting tested this week for the coronavirus. The players will need to test negative for COVID-19 three times in a four-day period. If they do, they will undergo a physical this weekend. Even though there was no offseason conditioning program, Coach Sean Payton expects the players will be in great shape
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Payton also says despite efforts to promote social distancing and wearing masks inside the team’s training facility, he expects there will be games that will not be played this season because of outbreaks that occur within a team.