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Five issues up for discussion at the SEC Meetings in Destin


The SEC annual meetings begin today in Destin, Florida, and in addition to Steve Spurrier’s poolside shenanigans, there are some major issues on the docket. Here are five topics the coaches, presidents, and athletic directors are expected to discuss

1. Autonomy 

Last week, the presidents of the Pac-12 schools sent the four other major conferences–SEC, Big 12, Big 10, and ACC–a letter to discuss further autonomy from the NCAA. The NCAA has proposed giving the five major conferences more power to make their own rules on certain issues, and with a vote on restructuring coming up in August, figuring out which issues they’d like more responsibility on is a priority. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive told the Associated Press last week that he wants to make sure the proposed model is modified “so that autonomy really means autonomy” before the Board of Directors votes in August.

Among the issues they’ll likely want to add to the NCAA’s proposal: stipends, funding the full cost of scholarships, further medical coverage for student athletes, changing transfer rules, and paying for athletes’ families to travel to tournaments, an issue Calipari feels very passionate about.

2. An early signing period for football

During its spring meetings earlier this month, the ACC proposed an early signing period for college football, with a proposed start date of August 1st. Those for an early signing period argued that it would accelerate the recruiting process and allow players who are sure of where they want to go to school to go ahead and sign in order to fully focus on their senior seasons. However, there’s a lot of dissent about this topic in the SEC, and the odds of getting a consensus seem low.

For UK, an early signing period would be beneficial to prevent other teams from poaching our commitments, but at the same time, Stoops has flipped a few guys himself late in the game.

3. Alcohol sales at games

The SEC doesn’t allow alcohol sales at games, which is yet another area in which they could make an insane amount of money. LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said he could see alcohol sales happening at Tiger Stadium in the future because of course. It’s LSU. It’s always five o’clock in Louisiana. Still, this is a big jump for the SEC, and while lifting the ban on alcohol sales at on-campus games may not happen, SEC Associate Commissioner Herb Vincent said that the conference may vote to allow alcohol sales at neutral site and home games off-campus. That may mean alcohol sales at Rupp, since it’s technically an off-campus arena. Cheers?

4. The SEC Network

The SEC Network launches in August, and there are still a lot of details to iron out, including distribution. Right now, only ATT U-Verse, Google Fiber, and Dish have signed on as distributors, meaning many UK fans won’t be able to see two of UK’s first three football games this year. Not cool.

5. Everyone but UK and Florida sucking at basketball

Mike Slive has made it clear he’s not happy with how the conference is doing in basketball outside of Kentucky and Florida. Last year, he appointed Mark Whitworth as an assistant commissioner to oversee men’s basketball to make the SEC better. A huge part of that is improving each team’s non-conference schedules, and I think UK is good in that department. Also up for discussion: a 30-second shot clock, which the ACC will experiment with during exhibition games next season. I’m all for it.

How do you feel about each of the issues being discussed in Destin?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for Five issues up for discussion at the SEC Meetings in Destin

  1. Jughead
    1:12 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Yawn. Can we please talk about Kim Kardashian now?

  2. Slive
    1:22 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t forget about #6. Relegation. If football teams can’t win one conference game every two years, they are kicked out until they earn their way back in, by beating someone meaningful.

    • Amy Vanderbilt
      1:24 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t forget about #7, coherence and tangible thought. That may be too much to ask from a Redtard.

  3. asdf
    1:26 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t know why they are worried about #4. Even though most providers don’t have the SEC Network today, it’s basically guaranteed that they will by August.

  4. Craig
    2:18 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    1 – Let’s do it. The NCAA sucks balls.

    2 – Why not? Though if I’m a recruit, I’d put off signing. It rarely benefits the player and in many cases can disadvantage them.

    3 – People just drink beforehand anyway. Having beer sold in games could reduce the amount of people drinking snuck-in whiskey, or cut back on people binging like crazy right before coming in. I wouldn’t buy many $9 beers, myself, but again, why not?

    4 – I hope the SEC network fails. The number of tv networks has gotten too large, and there are too many specialty networks that all get bundled in and keep driving the cost of cable to obscene levels. I’d like to see a contraction in coming years of the number of television channels as the younger generations continue to abandon cable/satellite.

    5 – I have no idea how to fix this. The SEC may not have a ton of big time basketball history outside Kentucky but we haven’t been THIS bad in the past. If Florida can rise from a nobody to a perennial national power, surely other schools can field contenders. But nobody seems to care about any game other than Kentucky.

    • inside info
      3:12 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      3–I would love to see studies on this. If people aren’t getting arrested, causing fights, or getting injured significantly more at games where alcohol is sold, then ok.

      4–I couldn’t agree more. Cable companies are going to price themselves out of existance. I dropped cable a couple of years ago and only use Netflix/Amazon/Apple. I just wish I didn’t have to still pay outrageous internet bills for that.

  5. jhnny
    2:50 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    SEC network is a bad deal for Kentuckians. Previously, we could watch all games. Now they make a network and put UK games on it, which we may or may not get, and if it is offered to us, will likely cost more.

    I’m not paying for it.

  6. fairplay
    2:55 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Yep, if only we could just get more people drunk at football games. Brilliant!

  7. Usefulijit
    3:46 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Improve sec basketball by improving sec basketball officiating

  8. warren
    3:48 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Leave the shot clock as is. Don’t be insane – do NOT change the shot clock!

    • Kelkat
      5:25 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      I concur. Stop tinkering so much with the rules of football and basketball.

    • David Adam
      8:19 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      The shot clock in NCAA and NBA should be 30 seconds! Old ABA fan. 6 more seconds in NBA games will lead to much higher scores because of less hurried shots. Counter intuitive I know. 35 seconds in college makes the games just too sloooooooooooooow! 3 pointers in both should be 25ft at the top of the key, too.

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  10. David Adam
    7:54 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Will the NCAA and ESPN be blackballing the SEC again this year in hoops? How was UK a 9 seed? How was UK a 4 seed the year we beat OSU? How come the SEC only had 3 teams? How come SEC 12-6 teams end up in NIT? When every other conference gets every team above .500 except SEC? What a joke! Because (duh) the NCAA and ESPN are a bunch of liberals! SEC teams come from states that do not tow the collective line! This is our punishment! Do liberals punish their enemies? (IRS) SEC has 57 current roster NBA players. B1G has 27. B1G has 1 championship the last 26 years. SEC has won 30% of championships since 1994! But big ten gets 7 to 9 teams and SEC gets 3. Need more proof? Look at the new football championship coming up. SEC will probably deserve 2 to 4 teams every year!!! NCAA liberals will be voting for teams like hoops. Catch phrases like “body of work” etc will be used and my prediction is maybe 1 SEC team probably 0! If ncaa is so fair how come anyone affiliated with a team or conference has to leave the room!

  11. No room for debate
    8:46 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Note to Time-Warner Cable: I will be switching back to Dish Network August 1st if this is still an issue.

  12. Jim Harris
    9:36 pm May 29, 2014 Permalink

    I too will switch back to Dish if necessary to get the SEC network. However I expect that the merge between AT&T and Directv will resolve Direct’s mess by August. I’ve found Directv to be better for me than Dish, but I don’t intend to start missing UK televised games.