SEC coaches emerge, take opinions into meeting with ADs

DESTIN, FLA. — The SEC football and basketball coaches have finally emerged from their meeting rooms after discussing for more than four hours this morning possible legislation regarding their respective sports.

Over the next couple of hours they will share their opinions on over-signing and tournament seeding with their respective athletic directors. Exactly what those opinions are remain secretive.

“I think we all came to some conclusions together that are in the best interest of our league and the players,”Georgia coach Mark Richt. “That’s the big thing. We’ve got to make sure we’re doing what’s in the best interest of the players.”

Football coaches were debating new “roster management” legislation that could further restrict the number of players they can sign to scholarships each year. Basketball coaches are discussing possibly changing the SEC tournament seeding format to eliminate the divisional finish component.

Said Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox: “I’ll say this, we had heated dialogue. We had excellent dialogue, to be honest with you. We’ve been asked not to say much until after we meet the ADs. But we had very active dialogue, the most active dialogue since I’ve been here, regarding a lot of topics. But I think the general consensus is that the coaches in the league now are genuinely concerned with doing things to benefit the league.”

Coaches will share the results of their straw-poll voting with the athletic directors in a meeting that is currently being conducted here at the Sandestin Beach Resort. After the meeting breaks up, the coaches will head home and the ADs will share their opinions and those of their coaches with their respective presidents.

Any actual legislative enactments won’t take place until Friday when the presidents cast the only meaningful votes in the process.

I tried to get an idea from coaches how discussions went in their respective meeting rooms.

“I thought it was very good,” Richt said. “Everybody has a great mutual respect for each other. I think we worked everything out pretty good. Should be interesting.”

Said Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt: “it was a good discussion and we’re anxious to get in here with our ADs now. I don’t know what’s going to happen. It will be interesting.”

“You get our group together and there are a lot of opinions,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. “The general consensus is that room is, when I look around the room you’re talking about the best coaches in football, and they’re there to improve and the Southeastern Conference and to protect and improve the game of football. We’re all on the same page on improving not only our conference but the game of college football. . . . We’re all working together to make it in the best interest of the student-athletes.”

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UGA Insider

June 1st, 2011
2:36 pm

Is everyone aware that Mike Slive gets a $1,000,000 bonus if there is an SEC BCS Nat’l Champ???????? Nothing is going to change regarding oversigning and that’s fine. The SEC has just about turned into the NFL’s minor league system and everyone involved is getting filthy rich.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 1st, 2011
2:40 pm

Nice thoughts there coach Mullen, but I would bet the majority of the coaches are concerned about one thing and one thing only. The student- athlete should have been changed to the athlete. They are only concerned about the athlete staying eligible to play for them on the football field. They could care less what happens to them after their career is over for playing. Maybe 4 out of 12 coaches really care about the kid’s overall success in life and if they do, then the fans demand they be fired unless they win every year. UGA fans’ or at least a lot of so called fans of UGA on these blogs prove that point. With the presuure on them to win, and the salary they get, I guess no one can expect otherwise, from a coach.

GO DAWGS

AltamahaDawg

June 1st, 2011
2:44 pm

You think there might have been some preprinted index card with statements handed out in that room?

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 1st, 2011
2:48 pm

LOL AltamahaDawg,

You have a point there.

AltamahaDawg

June 1st, 2011
2:53 pm

Saban was quoted as saying “shove it”.

AltamahaDawg

June 1st, 2011
2:53 pm

Richt was quoted as saying “please let me be here next year”.

AltamahaDawg

June 1st, 2011
2:54 pm

Spurrier was quoted as saying “please don’t make me be here next year”.

NoGaGator

June 1st, 2011
3:23 pm

Chizik was quoted as saying “thank God for Tressel”.

UGA Law Dawg

June 1st, 2011
3:27 pm

Saban is still laughing, he knows he could take your players and beat his players. It is more about the coaching than some signing rule.
Good coaches just win, mullen knows he can coach too.

trupert

June 1st, 2011
3:44 pm

Saban is just worried that he would have to rely on his player evaluating skills instead having the ability to cull the six players that he misses on every single year.

georgia87

June 1st, 2011
3:44 pm

If it is all about coaching, why does Saban lie, cheat, and steal to get the best recruits? Why does he send kids packing that he made promises to just 12 months before?

CountryBlumpkin

June 1st, 2011
3:54 pm

Have Dooley and Muschamp already beat us on the scoreboard? I missed that. Not saying they aren’t good coaches, but Dooley and Muschamp haven’t gotten to us….yet.

UGA Law Dawg

June 1st, 2011
3:54 pm

Name a lie? Name a player? Just more of our misinformed fans who have grown accustomed to the current administration failures and now we have coaches like Dooley, Mullen, Muschamp who out work us and the end result is on the scoreboard.
Our fans have become such big ten clones. Making excuses and blaming others.
Do you guys realize how foolish you look to the real UGA graduates who actually buy tickets, donate money and do the heavy lime sidewalk fan standing outside the stadium crying foul.

1eyedJack

June 1st, 2011
3:54 pm

Chip, I could have given you their comments and I ain’t even in Destin.

CountryBlumpkin

June 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

OK that’s just weird. I was replying to Law’s comment and when it refreshed, my comment is now before his.

UGA Law Dawg

June 1st, 2011
4:06 pm

Coaches voted 12 zip to leave the number at 28

Remarkable

June 1st, 2011
4:20 pm

The more things change the more they stay the same.

DAWG ONE

June 1st, 2011
4:25 pm

Ditto, UGA Law Dawg! Too many so-called fans who have never set foot in a college or UGA classroom that have computers.

@dog one and law dog

June 1st, 2011
4:53 pm

you complain about non grads blogging….same question back to you…how do you know they “ain’t” Uga grads?

assume…you know ass u me

UGA Law Dawg

June 1st, 2011
5:11 pm

They may be grads also but their attitudes and comments follow the lead from fans who do not see the entire picture or formula. Our issues are self generated and the on campus professional opinions understand the genesis of those problems.
Blaming others reminds me of indicted perps who want to deflect to others instead of admiting their own failings.

Druid City

June 1st, 2011
5:34 pm

If they change the SEC basketball tournament seeding format to eliminate the divisional finish component, they should do the same for the SEC football championship.

I am tired of watching the SEC East team getting their brains beat in every year in the Georgia Dome.

Put the best two teams in the dome.

Druid City

June 1st, 2011
5:47 pm

UGA Law Dawg,

Are you going to help UGA self-report these failings to the NCAA?

UGA Grad ..not a Law Dog.. but I was in trouble with the law a lot

June 1st, 2011
6:08 pm

Why do all lawyers think they are the smartest people in the room? usually that is not the case..but they ARE usually the most boring people in the room.

And who on this blog would prove this point? you know who you are.

NoGaGator

June 1st, 2011
6:08 pm

Druid City -

“I am tired of watching the SEC East team getting their brains beat in every year in the Georgia Dome.”

Really? Maybe you need to check out the records. Since 1990 SEC East has won 13 to 8 for the West. Maybe you need to reverse your statement.

1990 Tennessee 5-1-1
1991 Florida 7-0-0
1992 Alabama 8-0-0
1993 Florida 7-1-0
1994 Florida 7-1-0
1995 Florida 8-0-0
1996 Florida 8-0
1997 Tennessee 7-1
1998 Tennessee 8-0
1999 Alabama 7-1
2000 Florida 7-1
2001 LSU 5-3
2002 Georgia 7-1
2003 LSU 7-1
2004 Auburn 8-0
2005 Georgia 6-2
2006 Florida 7-1
2007 LSU 6-2
2008 Florida 7-1
2009 Alabama 8-0
2010 Auburn 8-0
NOTE: Records are regular season conference records.

UGASlobberknocker

June 1st, 2011
6:19 pm

Since 2002..no one has won more divisions than UGA, 2, no one has been to more championship games than UGA,3. (yes there are ties). this just as info for all the Richt haters

UGASlobberknocker

June 1st, 2011
6:23 pm

Im not quite ready to rank Muschamp and Dooley above Richt like Perry Mason did above. Didnt they teach against jumping to conclusions in Law school?

Druid City

June 1st, 2011
6:24 pm

@NoGaGator,

Which team in the SEC East is good enough to finish any better than 5th in the West this year?

The balance of power shifted two years ago and all the East teams have left is to try to change the rules.

UGASlobberknocker

June 1st, 2011
6:27 pm

@Druid..I disagree about the football championship..it isnt a tournament..thats the difference between it and the other sports..

UGA Law Dawg

June 1st, 2011
6:33 pm

No violations, just poor decisions and choices.

UGA Law Dawg

June 1st, 2011
6:56 pm

The Dooley -Muschamp comments are related to the recruiting, hiring qualified assistants, re building fan bases and for Dooley taking a program left in turmoil and under the scrutiny of the NCAA and getting those kids to compete for the entire year. No one says either is a better head coach as of today but the potential is there for both to make life very tough on Mark while both come back “home” and get very good players to leave the state.

Signing off..Perry Mason UGA Grad 84 Law School Grad 87