Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.

While we’re debating who’s in line to have an awkward week in Hoover, don’t forget to add the supreme commander’s name to the list.

But just as the SEC’s superiority has resurfaced, so has its history of unflattering off-field drama.

A little more than a year after former commissioner Mike Slive retired having reached his longstanding goal of a probation-free SEC, Ole Miss now faces a far-reaching infractions case that could significantly impact its surprising recent football success. Missouri has spent recent months dealing with major infractions in men’s basketball. And in April, Alabama parted ways with one of its best recruiters in defensive line coach Bo Davis due to NCAA rules violations, though it seems unlikely there will be further penalties assessed to the school.

Meanwhile, after the SEC positioned itself as a leader on domestic violence with a rule relating to transfers, Mississippi State decided to allow the enrollment of five-star recruit Jeffery Simmons, who had been videotaped pummeling a woman, instead giving him a one-game suspension.

And just last week, Tennessee settled a Federal Title IX lawsuit for $2.48 million with eight women who alleged they had been physically or sexually assaulted by athletes between 2013 and 2015.

Though commissioner Greg Sankey will likely use the bulk of his annual address Monday to tout the league’s on-field achievements and academic benchmarks, this has not been an ideal offseason for the SEC’s image.

No shit, Sherlock.  Though I’m sure Sankey will be the epitome of open, honest discussion about that in response to media questioning.

And those issues aren’t going away, even as the games loom closer. (Sankey, through a spokesperson, declined the opportunity to talk about them until his regular media availability Monday.)

Er, maybe he’ll stick to a few prepared remarks and not take questions.  Is Stacey Osburn doing anything this week?

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9 responses to “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    I predict record use of the passive exonerative tense, i.e.: “mistakes were made”, and of the passive evasive tense, i.e.: “premature judgments shouldn’t be made”.

    In other words, lots a kaka del toro.

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    The Commissioner, will, i am sure, filibuster a lot sbout how damn tough his workouts are.

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  3. 92 grad

    Over the last 2 weeks I have read several of the posts here that identify these issues in our conference and I honestly have been asking myself “Why is Sankey being so soft? If I were in his position I’d be coming down hard on these inflated and empowered egos, effectively burnishing these AD’s asses to a nice Crimson shade.

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  4. Bulldog Joe

    ‘Bama won it last year, so:

    In Birmingham, they love the Commissioner.

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  5. DawgPhan

    I suspect he is going to get a lot of questions he doesnt want to answer. Same with Mullen.

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  6. Red Herring

    “Did I hear your question correctly, ‘ Les, Gus and Stoops are on the hotseat”, Do you think they should be?

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