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SEC to coaches, staff: Wear your masks

Television cameras last weekend captured images of a number of coaches and others on the sidelines during Southeastern Conference games not wearing face coverings, as required.

Commissioner Greg Sankey doesn’t want to see those pictures again.

ESPN reported Friday that Sankey sent a two-page memo to conference schools to remind coaches, staff and players who aren’t in the game they must wear masks on the sidelines during games. Failure to follow the conference’s COVID-19 rules could result in “additional action,” according to the memo.

“This past weekend, many fulfilled the requirements established by the Task Force and your commitment to these new requirements are appreciated,” the memo read, per ESPN. “Others, including some head coaches, assistant coaches, support staff and student-athletes need clear reminders of the requirement they fulfill the new health protocols intended to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.”

The memo included a reminder that masks must cover both the mouth and nose.

“We will continue to monitor games and will take additional action, if necessary, to ensure adherence to the approved Task Force requirements as we all work to maintain a healthy environment for everyone around our games,” the memo said.

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