Coaches, ADs prepare to vote on issues on Day Two of SEC Meetings

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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Ifyoucantbeatem join em

June 1st, 2011
9:16 am

Beast from the East

June 1st, 2011
9:22 am

I like Coach Donovan’s idea of seeding the SEC hoops tournament with RPI rankings. That would be the way to go, as the East has been much stronger in recent years.

Jason Anders

June 1st, 2011
9:30 am

Hopefully this will put all teams on a level playing field. The athlete should not be promised something and then have it reneged upon at a later date. This type of flip-flopping not only impacts the athlete but also the family. It should not be condone and if a coach is caught disrespecting the 25 or 28 maximum, the coach and his staff should be severely fined no matter who the coach or university is.

jbdawg

June 1st, 2011
9:30 am

I don’t understand why this is so hard… if the NCAA says you may enroll a maximum of 25 student athletes (on scholarship) then the program should only be able to sign 25 kids. Yes, I realize that some athletes do not make the cut which is why the number was recently capped at 28. I believe that capping the offers to 25 will place a greater importance on the academics of each prospect. No coach should take the chance on offering a kid whom is clearly on the bubble. I’m ignorant when it comes to the signing period. I do, however, believe that there should be additional time to sign students once the highschool year is over and student eligibility is clear.

Just my two cents…

sogadog

June 1st, 2011
9:34 am

I hope this hard cap number of 25 does not put the SEC at a competitive disadvantage against other conferences. The 28 rule with 25 signing and an elimination of loopholes sounds reasonable. Coaches will analyze recruits’ academic abilities more closely now and take fewer academic risks. That would be a positive development for college football.

pat

June 1st, 2011
9:45 am

Won’t matter. Auburn will find a way to cheat.

Daniel

June 1st, 2011
9:59 am

SEC Championship should be about the best 2 teams in the SEC, doesn’t matter if East or West.

BigDawg

June 1st, 2011
10:08 am

Satan, Spurious, Chitpile and Nutcase won’t like limiting these numbers and evening the playing field!!

Mtn Dawg

June 1st, 2011
10:18 am

O.k. I think it’s a step in the right direction to change the seeding for the tournament, ultimately divisional play through the season needs to be elliminated. Come on. Do we really need divisional play in basketball?

Mtn Dawg

June 1st, 2011
10:21 am

‘As far as the east is from the west’ (to borrow a quote), is how far apart the talent is between the divisions.

Mike Slime

June 1st, 2011
10:28 am

Dear fans,

As commissioner of the SEC, I will strive to make any changes that DOES NOT impact MY 1 million $$$ bonus for making the BCS Championship game. Therefore, recruiting will remain status quo. No reason to change if the practices allow for cutting less competitive players in order to add a better quality player. Might as well understand the SEC football is considered to be a professional sport.

Also, thank you Cam!! I love you and will miss seeing you in the NFL. Your $ucce$$ is very important to attracting more top players to the NF, oh wait, the SEC.

Sincerely and with much love,

Mike Slime
SEC Commissioner

51WTGW50

June 1st, 2011
10:31 am

Richt has turned on his Limp Wrist approach again. Tough Talk before the meetings, but NOW that he will have to face all the other coaches he has gone Limp again. The ONLY issue that Richt has a fixed firm opinion on is his belief in God and Christ, but everything is debatable.

1eyedJack

June 1st, 2011
10:55 am

Sign only 125 during any 5 year period and if you get caught short then start recruiting better STUDENTS!

steve waters

June 1st, 2011
12:38 pm

IMPEACH OBAMA…….HE IS WITHOT A DOBT THE WORST PRESIDENT…..EVER!!!!!!!!!

robodawg

June 1st, 2011
12:39 pm

How to seed the basketball tournament is a legit SEC issue to decide. But the recruiting rules ought to come from the NCAA. The league’s coaches shouldn’t have to vote on their own recruiting rules. Recruiting is a tough business. They don’t want to give up ground to each other, but they also don’t want to give up ground to other conferences. The NCAA needs to show some balls and put in some clear policies on oversigning, grayshirting, etc. that apply to everyone across the board.

steve waters

June 1st, 2011
12:44 pm

AGAIN,…..IMPEACH OBAMA THE WORST EXCUSE EVER TO BE NAMED PRESIDENT…..WE GOT CHANGE ALRIGHT….WE ARE BANKRUPT….THANKS…OBAMA, YOU MUSLIM!!!!!!!

steve waters

June 1st, 2011
12:47 pm

I KNOW WHY DON’T WE LET OBAMA DECIDE THAT WAY YOU CAN BE ASSURED IT WILL NOT ONLY FAIL IT WILL SELF DESTRUCT JST LIKE OBAMA HAS DONE TO OR NATION!!!

IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!!!!!

steve waters

June 1st, 2011
12:48 pm

I KNOW, WHY DON’T WE LET OBAMA DECIDE THAT WAY YOU CAN BE ASSURED IT WILL NOT ONLY FAIL IT WILL SELF DESTRUCT JST LIKE OBAMA HAS DONE TO OR NATION!!!

IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!!!!!

Jim

June 1st, 2011
1:48 pm

We should do away with divisions in Football championship too, THis way the best two teams play each other which this past season would have been two from the west . Play it even in all sports.. either keep divisions in all or do away in all,