HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey scrapped much of his planned speech at the league's annual media days to decry the wave of shootings across the country.

The second-year commissioner said Monday this is ''one of those times in our nation where we weep, we mourn, for those families and cities who have experienced loss.''

Sankey said the shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers was particularly personal because he lived in the city for 11 years.

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Sankey also paid tribute to the late Pat Summitt. Tennessee's Hall of Fame women's basketball coach died last month at 64 more than five years after being diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

The league's 14 teams will conduct interviews throughout the week in Hoover.