The SEC no longer will accept transfers who have been or are subject to be disciplined for “serious misconduct” by their university or athletics department. Serious misconduct includes “sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence,” according to the league’s release.
“The sentiment was very clear,” incoming SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. “There was not a lot of debate at the end.”
The proposal to make the change was submitted by Georgia.
Ending early Although Mike Slive’s contract runs through July 31, he announced Friday he will step down immediately, making Sankey the commissioner beginning Monday.
“The more I thought about it, I really think it’s in the best interest of the league if we make the transition earlier than (July),” Slive said.
Satellite Shuttle The league will submit a proposal to the NCAA to ban satellite camps and will remove its own ban on those camps if the NCAA doesn’t make a change by 2016.
“If rule isn’t adopted nationally come next summer, our folks will be free to fan out all over the country and have at it,” Slive said.
Show your work League schools will have to provide a yearly written analysis to show how their cost of attendance numbers are tabulated.
Costly move SEC teams now will be fined $50,000 the first time its fans rush the field or court. A second offense will bring a $100,000 fine and a third offense will cost $250,000. The previous fine structure was $5,000 for a first offender, $25,000 for the second and $50,000 for the third.
“We want it to be a deterrent,” Slive said. “It’s an attempt to make a cultural shift. There has got to be a better way to celebrate a significant victory. It’s not part of who we want to be.”
Sharing the load? Some good news for Georgia’s 2015 opponents emerged this week. The Bulldogs don’t plan on handing the ball to Nick Chubb every play this fall, coach Mark Richt said.
“Nick’s a great player, no doubt, but we’ve got some other backs that are pretty sporty as well. They’ll get their opportunity,” Richt said. “We’ve never had a philosophy of wanting to just give the ball to one guy only. I know Nick carried a big load this last year. He had a couple of games with over 30 carries a game. I don’t think we’d like to do that on a normal diet for him, especially when you’ve got Keith Marshall and Sony Michel and Brendan Douglas, A.J. Turman.”
Chubb rushed for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman last season.
“We knew Nick was a great player and we knew he was a great kid, but the thing about him that was amazing to me is he never looked tired, no matter how many times we gave him the ball,” Richt said. “You always try to watch a guy and keep an eye on him and get him out of there when he looks like he’s hurting, but he just never seemed to get tired out there.”
PSI problems College football will not change its procedure for checking the inflation level of its footballs in response to the recent controversy surrounding football inflation level in the NFL. Like professional football, college football requires each football be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch. Each team brings its footballs to the officials locker room at least one hour before the game. Those balls are checked and marked by an official and returned to the teams at kickoff.
“We are going to be more cognizant, but our procedure has worked very, very well,” said SEC director of officiating Steve Shaw.
Shaw told the coaches here this week that if the coach has any concern that the football is not properly inflated, the officials will check each ball again at halftime.