SEC to Tackle Player Misconduct, Satellite Camps, and Collective Replay at Meetings

Issues like NCAA violations, transfer bans, and student-athlete voices demand attention in Destin this week.

Last year’s Southeastern Conference meetings marked the landmark passing of the controversial transfer ban, which barred member schools from accepting transfer athletes who had been dismissed from their previous school for serious infractions like sexual assault and domestic violence.

SEC meetings began Tuesday in Destin, FL., and this year the conference may expand upon that same transfer ban to include other misconduct felonies that players plead guilty or no contest to.

Present at the meetings are representative chancellors, presidents, athletic directors, basketball and football coaches, and other administrators from each school.

The SEC will discuss other issues facing college athletics, like the bleak state of SEC men’s basketball. Only three member schools advanced to the NCAA tournament last season. The SEC hired former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese to advise member schools on better marketing their programs to prospects.

Satellite camps will likely be a hot topic for SEC football programs. The SEC attempted to get satellite camps (as made famous by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh) banned by the NCAA, but that attempt backfired and Harbaugh took off to the races. In a shot to mimic Harbaugh’s success, the SEC may dive face first into the idea and schedule some of its own.

The SEC will dabble in collective replay this season like the ACC adopted. If formally adopted, officials will work with the video center at the SEC’s headquarters in Birmingham, Al. to reverse or uphold calls after reviewing footage on-site and at HQ.

Since student-athlete representatives from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M are present to vote on matters, the student-athlete voice and their weight will certainly come into play. Having these student-athletes present is new for the SEC, and the conference is already planning a student-athlete leadership council so their needs are heard more and more.

NCAA violations will also demand discussion, given the status of Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Alabama. Rebels football is currently under NCAA investigation after Laremy Tunsil admitted to asking the Ole Miss coaching staff for money at the NFL Draft. Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis resigned amid allegations that he visited out-of-state recruits during a no-contact period. Tennessee is under the scrutiny of a Title IX lawsuit that alleges the university harbored a setting that allowed athletes to get away unscathed from sexual assault accusations.

SEC meetings start Tuesday and conclude Friday.

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