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Cocktails, Gambling, Transfers And Recruiting To Be Discussed At SEC Spring Meetings 

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Cocktails, Gambling, Transfers And Recruiting To Be Discussed At SEC Spring Meetings 

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Cocktails, Gambling, Transfers And Recruiting To Be Discussed At SEC Spring Meetings 


The SEC spring meetings take place this week in Destin, Florida and several issues will be on the table.

Scheduled for Tuesday through Friday at the Sandestin Hilton, conference presidents, athletic directors, football and basketball coaches and administrators will have to contend with tropical storm Alberto while navigating some contentious topics.

Football related topics include:

I. Last year Georgia proposed that graduate transfers be allowed to move to another SEC school without needing a waiver from the commissioner.  The proposal will be considered after being tabled last year.

In 2016, Nick Saban blocked Alabama graduate defensive back Maurice Smith from transferring to Georgia before the league stepped in and granted a waiver. The incident didn’t sit well with DawgNation.

In addition, Florida and Texas A&M have proposed that any transfers within the conference from schools banned from the postseason for NCAA rules infractions would be allowed to play immediately.

Furthermore, allowing first-time transfers to play immediately if they meet academic requirements, has been discussed. The Transfer Working Group announced in April that it considered several options for changing transfer rules and would continue reviewing options.

II. In 2015, the SEC passed a rule barring transfers disciplined for serious misconduct at a previous school from transferring to a conference school. Georgia had sponsored it following defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor’s  enrollment at Alabama after Georgia dismissed him following felony charges for hitting his girlfriend.

A proposal being considered would now include any prospective athlete, including high school recruits, who have been convicted, pled guilty or no contest to a felony for serious misconduct to be ineligible to play or practice.

III. Sports gambling is the great unknown. How legalized sports gambling would affect universities is unclear. After the Supreme Court’s ruling that allows the states to legalized sports gambling, the impact on college athletics could have serious financial and ethical consequences.

Information sharing, injury reports and  other game-affected policies and procedures have may have to be reviewed. Discussions will include additional monitoring, compliance and student-athlete education and lobbying state legislatures for strict regulations.

IV. On the recruiting front, the SEC is proposing at the NCAA and conference level to do away with student hosts on recruiting visits set up by athletic departments. Only current student-athletes would be permitted to host recruits

V. Currently the SEC allows alcohol sales in premium seating areas and suites. With LSU and Texas A&M lobbying for alcohol sales throughout the stadium, expect this revenue-enhancing issue to surface.

“From a stadium-wide standpoint, there are those who think that, let’s just take all the restraint off at the conference level,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said last month. “But that’s not unanimous, and I’m not sure it’s, right now, a majority position.”

Stay tuned for reports from Destin throughout the week.

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