SANDESTIN, Fla. --The 2016 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.
"This week is a week of both work and celebration, said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "As you look back on the last year there are a number of incredible achievements that we've experienced. Having four national seeds in baseball yesterday and half of the Women's College World Series are but a couple of those."
Several topics were discussed on Tuesday evening by Sankey in his daily press conference. They included:
**Verne Lundquist will move into his final season as the main broadcaster for the SEC on CBS. Brad Nessler will move into that role prior to the 2017 season.
"I just want to say how much I've enjoyed watching Verne and getting to know him and listening to his stories," Sankey said. "He started as the voice of the SEC in 2000, so that's a lot of great football. It's good for Verne, and we look forward to having Brad as part of the CBS family."
**Five SEC student-athletes are participating in the SEC Spring Meetings this week. It marks the largest number of student-athletes who have been a part of the annual meetings.
Said Sankey: "We will introduce later this week the concept of student-athlete leadership councils to expand their activity. That's something that is important to me."
**The SEC will change the way it announces revenue distribution. Rather than issuing a press release on Friday, the conference will finalize its year in October following the end of the fiscal year in August.
"We have different sources of revenue," Sankey said. "We have increased revenue, so there is good news that will be out there, but rather than dealing with projections we will deal with those numbers in final."
**Mike Tranghese, who was named Special Advisor to the Commissioner for Men's Basketball earlier this spring, participated in meetings on Tuesday with the conference's men's basketball coaches.
"Mike has been a commissioner and chair of the men's basketball committee, and he's remained connected to the basketball community," Sankey said. "I wanted to broaden the conversation. That's the phrase I have consistently offered."
**Steve Shaw, the SEC's Coordinator of Football Officials, shared plans with the SEC's athletic directors for the implementation of a new collaborative process for instant replay in the sport of football beginning with the 2016 season. He will address the head football coaches on Wednesday.