DESTIN, FLA. — It’s Day Two here at the SEC Meetings at the Sandestin Beach Hilton and it promises to be a somewhat eventful day.
Nothing will actually be enacted today. But the football and basketball coaches, after meeting together all morning, will get together with the athletic directors this afternoon and let them know how they feel about the respective legislation before them. At some point they will put it to a vote and, however that turns out is the recommendation they’ll forward on the presidents, who aren’t due to convene until Thursday. On Friday, the presidents will discuss it and make a final decision on which way to go.
“We’ll get in there and talk about the issues together and they’ll take some straw polls,” Georgia AD Greg McGarity said Wednesday. “eventually they’ll ask the question, ‘All for say, aye; opposed say, no.’ But nothing is going to be official until the presidents have their say. It’s their vote Friday that matters.”
This much we know after yesterday’s sessions: The maximum number of scholarships SEC football teams will be allowed to sign on national signing day is “in play,” as LSU coach Les Miles put it to reporters yesterday. Two years ago the league voted to reduce that from an unlimited number to 28 (though 25 is always the maximum that can enroll). Commissioner Mike Slive is having the coaches consider hard-capping that number to 25.
The majority of coaches I heard from Tuesday seem to favor keeping it at 28 and perhaps trying to close some of the loopholes that allowed South Carolina to sign 32 players and Arkansas 30 this past February. But there seems resignation among them that this is something the commissioner wants and, therefore, is likely to get. Should be some lively discussions in that meeting room.
Meanwhile, the men’s basketball coaches are discussing a new seeding format for the SEC Tournament. Not exactly sure what the format would be but it will likely eliminate the East-West divisional finish as a criteria and seed 1 through 12 either based on conference record or RPI. If there is any legislation that has a good chance of being enacted, I think this is it.
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