Under an SEC legislative proposal that Georgia is sponsoring, athletes like Taylor could not transfer to an SEC school if they had been disciplined for “serious misconduct” by a school or athletic department while enrolled at another college. Sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, dating violence or other forms of physical violence would be considered serious misconduct.
The hope, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said, is that the proposal that will be considered this week at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla, will help “avoid situations in the future, really for the integrity of the SEC. …We’re trying to propose it for standard operating procedure.”
A school could seek a waiver from the SEC’s executive committee if they wanted the athlete to enroll, according to the proposal.
“We’re saying that you just can’t do that unless it’s been vetted,” McGarity said.
The Georgia Way vs. Second Chance U. It’s on, bitchez!
Aside from the issue of how this “vetting” would take place – what are the standards and who’s doing the vetting, anyway? – isn’t the real worry if this proposal were to pass that you’d just see student-athletes caught up in a troublesome situation bail out before being disciplined to beat the committee’s clock, so to speak? And what about a kid who leaves the conference for, say, JUCO, and then looks to get back in?
It’s unclear what would happen in a case like that of quarterback Zach Mettenberger. He pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery for groping a woman at a bar during spring break, but that came after being dismissed by Georgia in 2010. He transferred to LSU after a season at junior college.
I don’t think this has any better chance of passing than Georgia’s windmill-tilting over drug policy did. But bless their hearts for trying again.