SANDESTIN, Fla. -- The 2016 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings continued Wednesday 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.
"We had a busy day today," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. "It started with our Communications Directors and Athletics Directors. Today is the day when our head coaches groups present in Destin share meeting results with our Athletics Directors. We also visited with our media partners - CBS and ESPN. The most fascinating statistic to me about the SEC Network today was that last year we had 380 of our students engaged in production in the SEC Network."
Several topics were discussed on Wednesday evening by Sankey in his daily press conference. They included:
**Steve Shaw, the SEC's Coordinator of Football Officials, discussed the new collaborative process for instant replay with the head football coaches on Wednesday. Sankey noted that the system was tested during the Alabama spring football game earlier this year.
**Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA's Chief Medical Officer, addressed the head football coaches, faculty athletic representatives and athletics directors regarding concussion research.
"Our institutions are absolutely engaged in providing the proper medical care for student-athletes," Sankey said. "You see things such as the pop-up tent at Alabama to help in real-time diagnosis and the habit of removing young people from the field to go through evaluations from a head trauma standpoint. We saw that in our baseball tournament last week. Those are very real activities from a medical standpoint involving our staffs."
**Sankey said the issue of time demand on student-athletes is important to the conference. Five SEC student-athletes are in Destin this week to discuss the experiences at their respective institutions.
"We want to be very attentive to not increasing time expectations on student-athletes," Sankey said. "We also want to allow them to thrive academically and athletically."
**The future site of the SEC Baseball Tournament will be decided by a vote of athletics directors, who will inform the presidents of the status when the two groups meet. Sankey said he expects the outcome will be shared on Friday.