Looks like one of Greg Sankey’s noble stands is about to bite the proverbial dust.
Malik Zaire has been a popular topic for Gator Nation this offseason.
The former Notre Dame quarterback has interest in joining the Florida football program as a graduate transfer, but for now he is on standby.
An SEC rule instituted in Jan. 2016 prevents UF from taking Zaire because former grad trnasfer Mason Halter and Antony Harrell failed to meet academic requirements in 2015.
However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in December that the league could alter the rule at its spring meetings in late May. Sankey reiterated those comments Friday on the Pat Dooley Show on ESPN Gainesville 98. 1 FM.
“It will come up,” Sankey said. “I do think we need to look where we’ve been restrictive in the past because of the absence of national rules and look at reducing some of those restrictions. I’m one who would position it as interest in freeing things up without just removing every restraint, because I think the restraints have been healthy for us.”
At this time, the SEC is the only conference with a grad transfer rule in place. Sankey said he’s disappointed that the NCAA has not taken a harder look at the issue.
“There’s this notion that they’ve graduated, so let them just have freedom,” Sankey said. “I don’t necessarily argue with that, but there’s nothing in the context of intercollegiate athletics that says, ‘Oh, just go play games.’ We never say that.”
“I look at it now and say that we’ve adjusted to realities, and we likely can pull back on some of those internal policies. … I don’t want us to just walk away. I do think it’s a good conversation to adjust because we are performing (better academically).”
Eh, what’s the big deal about graduation, anyway? Besides, now that you’ve adjusted to realities (Translation: the other conferences are taking the kids we’re having to turn away because of our rule), the spin becomes rather obvious.
There will be another hill to
die on retreat from soon enough.