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Slive Talks About Rule Change Recommendations

Yesterday we discussed several proposed rule changes recently sent by the SEC to the NCAA for its consideration.  You can find the details of the SEC’s letter — as well as our thoughts on the letter – right here.

But how did this proposal come to be in the first place?  Mike Slive explains:

“It was a result of meetings and legislation that we were already discussing and, in some instances, had already started to implement within the SEC.  And ultimately, its goal is just to modernize the current rules, catch up to technology and society and to make a confusing process easier not only on the schools but the prospects and their families.”

Surprisingly, there’s been little reaction to the SEC’s proposed changes on a national level.  We’re still waiting for someone to ask Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for his take.

That said, we still believe one key national figure was aware of the proposal before it arrived in the NCAA’s mailbox — NCAA president Mark Emmert.  Emmert was in Destin for a day during the SEC’s spring meetings and Slive likely ran the gist of the proposal by him at that point.

Heading into Destin, Slive let it be known that he had a proposal at the ready to change the SEC’s oversigning rules.  When that story came out, we opined that Slive wouldn’t go public with a proposal if hadn’t already taken a straw poll to see if it would indeed pass.  And it did pass.

The same holds true — in our opinion — here.  The SEC and Slive likely would not have sent this proposal to the NCAA if they didn’t believe it had a good chance of gaining some traction.


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