SANDESTIN, Fla. - The 2016 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings concluded Friday at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort. The annual event included 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.
Following Friday's meetings, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey addressed the media and discussed several topics. They included:
**The SEC's Athletics Directors have authorized the Commissioner to negotiate and finalize an agreement with the Alabama Sports Council and the City of Hoover to hold the SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium beginning in 2017 for a period of time to be determined.
"Hoover has an investment planned in a $70 million campus around the baseball stadium, and there will be an event center adjacent to where right field is currently," Sankey said. "It's just outside the footprint of the stadium and will be available for a fanfare-type atmosphere.
"In 2018 there are plans for six practice fields immediately adjacent to the current baseball stadium, and one of those will mirror the exact dimensions of the Hoover Met. Our teams can warm up there and our fans can see that rather than standing outside waiting for their team to play when a game may run long. We have another 1,500 parking spaces coming and improvements to the RV lot. Our student-athletes also have the opportunity to stay at one of two quality properties. We look forward to working with Hoover to finalize that agreement and continuing on the success of this year's tournament."
**Athletics Directors approved the purchase of conference-wide Football Game Revenue Protection Insurance against losses that may arise from the cancellation and/or postponement of football games.
"We've had experiences in the last few years and we thought the next responsible step was to engage in that purchase collectively as a conference."
**A changed to the Commissioner's Regulations was approved concerning the Interrupted Game Procedures. The policy now reads, "A suspended game shall not be resumed if it is determined by the head referee in collaboration with the Commissioner or his/her designee that the game would not be able to reasonably be completed by 1:30 am local time. The Commissioner shall have the sole authority to extend the 1:30 am deadline." The regulation previously said only that a suspended game could not be resumed after midnight local time, or two hours following the point of suspension, whichever is later.
**A change to the format of the SEC Men's Golf Championship was approved to create two days of match play.
**The Athletics Directors approved a change to Commissioner's Regulations to permit the use of the video feed from the replay booth in football for use on in-stadium video boards during official reviews. Previously, only the television network program feed could be used on in-stadium video boards.
**It was voted to continue the use of an independent medical observer in the press box for all SEC football games and non-conference football games.
**Georgia head men's basketball coach Mark Fox is now a member of the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee. It was previously announced that Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart is a member of the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee and Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork is a member of the NCAA Men's Basketball Oversight Committee.
"That is a sign that we are fully focused on and committed to men's basketball," Sankey said.