SANDESTIN, Fla. -- The 2015 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings began on Tuesday at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort. The annual event includes meetings of the SEC's Presidents and Chancellors, Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletics Representatives, Head Football Coaches and Head Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches.
Several topics were discussed on Tuesday evening by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive in his daily press conference. They included:
• An SEC regulation was passed that requires an independent medical observer for all SEC and home non-conference football games. The observer will be located in the replay booth during games and will have the authority to stop the game so that a player may come out of the game.
• A review of the first year of the SEC Network, which was the most successful launch of a cable network in television history. Slive introduced Rosalyn Durant, who will be succeeding Justin Connolly as the Senior Vice President of College Networks, which includes oversight of the SEC Network.
• A Collegiate Commissioner's Association Task Force has proposed legislation for an early-signing date in the sport of football scheduled for mid-December. The SEC is not in favor of the legislation as proposed.
• There was considerable discussion related to issues regarding Cost of Attendance.
• The SEC and its athletics directors this week are considering changes to its field-access policy, related to increasing fines for violation of the policy, specifically "rushing the field."
QUOTING COMMISSIONER SLIVE
On the implementation of an independent medical observer at SEC football games ... "This will give us another check in the event that, on the field, a team doesn't see someone who may have had a head injury and needs to come off the field. Most of the time, the sideline picks up those kinds of things. But, just in case they don't, we are doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our student athletes."
On potentially increasing fines related to violation of the SEC field-access policy ... "It's an attempt to change behavior. We have changed it, but there are times when it happens and I think our folks felt that the current fine structure is not sufficiently large enough to be a quality deterrent, so they are looking at it."
The SEC Spring Meetings will continue through Friday.