Daily Archives: May 29, 2017

This week in Destin: fun, sun, victory laps and a touch of hypocrisy

Yep, it’s time for the SEC’s spring meetings down on the Gulf.  So, what’s on the menu this time?  A little of this, a little of that…

Staff sizes

It’s a topic that emerged this spring following comments Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby made in April as the chairman of the Football Oversight Committee.

Alcohol sales

For the second straight year, expect the SEC to discuss the possibility of allowing alcohol sales at on-campus sporting events, a practice has taken off elsewhere in recent years.

Transfer rules
Graduate transfers have been a hot topic across college football over the last several years, but after facing some complicated issues in the last year, it appears the SEC is ready to take steps to addressing its own transfer policy.

Anything on that list strike you as something that can be settled in a few days?

Because Malik Zaire is rumored to be ready to become a Florida Gator, expect a lot of effort to be put into changing the current transfer rules, because the status quo is jamming up the Gators.

Another proposed change would revise the penalty from three years to one for schools being restricted from taking a graduate transfer when a previous graduate transfer did not meet a benchmark for showing progress toward a graduate degree.

Under the current rule, Florida would not be able to take Notre Dame quarterback transfer Malik Zaire because Mason Halter and Andrew Harrell failed to meet the league’s academic standards after transferring in for the 2015 season.

“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,” Sankey told the Dooley and Collett radio show in Gainesville, according to 247Sports. “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.”

The new rule would eliminate provisions of the graduate student exception that said the athlete must complete at least nine hours of graduate level coursework in their first term to be eligible in the following term. That goes further than the national standard and can mean a loss of APR points. Instead, the SEC would follow current NCAA rules that a graduate student would complete six hours toward their graduate degree program to be eligible.

If the NCAA mountain won’t come to the SEC’s Mohammed, you know what that means is about to happen.  Welcome to Gainesville, kid.

That’s going to be the easy part.  The hard part will be the fight over transfers within the conference.  Somebody is real concerned about that.

Saban isn’t a fan of graduate transfers going from one league school to another being able to play immediately.

“I don’t think we should have free agency in our league,” he said. “The rule that we have that did not allow guys to transfer to other SEC schools I think is a benefit to all schools in the league and it’s the right competitive balance and mix. When you play in the NFL, you can’t just say I’m going to pick up and go play somewhere else. I think that’s a good rule.”

That’s because there’s this thing in the NFL called a contract, Nick.  You’ve probably heard of them.  In fact, you just signed a new one yourself.  Good to see, though, that you’re not trying to run a it’s good for the players, too scam here.  In fact, this sounds kinda cold.

Wide receiver Chris Black also was a graduate transfer who left Alabama and went to Missouri.

“I don’t know how much it benefitted them,” Saban said. “I can’t speak to that.”

Bless your heart.

Meanwhile, Greg Sankey would like to add his measured, principled voice to the discussion.

“This will be the first meaningful conversation that we’ve had since the proliferation of graduate transfers has happened nationally,” Sankey said. “I expect our membership to have a pretty meaningful conversation about the right perspective on graduate transfers entering the SEC from outside and then the topic of inter-conference transfers.”

Sankey believes the SEC can find a way to allow more graduate transfers and barring a team from signing another one for a period of time if a transfer doesn’t complete their academic requirements.

“A football player that enrolls as a graduate student and never goes to class, that’s not healthy,” Sankey said. “We want to tend more toward our Canyon Barrys.”

That would really be meaningful if you weren’t so willing to turn a blind eye towards the likes of Ben Simmons and the occasional one-and-doners who come to the SEC simply to mark time until they can turn pro.  At least those graduate students you pontificate about have a fucking degree to show for it.

Have fun on the beach.

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“It’s not just about passing yards, either.”

I guess we’re all supposed to get excited about Mike Huguenin’s discovery that SEC quarterbacks amassed some yardage last season.

The SEC leads all Power Five conferences with eight returning quarterbacks who threw for at least 2,000 yards last season.

Except, as Bud Elliott points out, throwing for 2000 yards in a season isn’t exactly a major accomplishment in the spread era.

If take a look at the national rankings for 2016 passer ratings, the excitement cools.   Among quarterbacks who started at least three-quarters of their teams’s games, the SEC’s top performer was Josh Dobbs, the only conference starting quarterback to rank in the top twenty.  (Bentley and Patterson, whom Huguenin also push, clocked in with 139.99 and 121.00 passer ratings.)

That’s not to say this isn’t a talented bunch, or that things aren’t looking up.  It’s just that overall we’re still a ways away from proven.

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You can’t get there from here.

Somehow, I don’t think ignoring the triple option offense as a factor in how to fix Georgia Tech’s abysmal in state recruiting (“… since 2013. Over that time, Tech’s home state has been responsible for 8.5% of all four- and five-star recruits in the entire country. That’s a total of 141 players over a five-year period, more than the bottom 30 states combined. That should be an incredibly exciting statistic for Georgia Tech supporters, but it instead stands as a strong indictment on the recruiting done by head coach Paul Johnson and his staff. Of those 141 blue chip players, Georgia Tech has pulled in exactly one…”) is going to help fix things.

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