SANDESTIN, Fla. -- The 2017 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings, the annual gathering 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, began Tuesday at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort.
"We had a good start to our meetings," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "We're at one of those points where you get a chance to look back. We aren't finished with the year yet; we still have the Women's College World Series coming up, baseball and men's golf. We have a great group of 14 schools, and we have had a lot of transition in leadership positions over the last couple of years.
"We've seen four national championships so far. We had every softball team selected to the NCAA Tournament, and I don't think people realize how unique that is. It is a remarkable accomplishment. We also had the most teams in the sport of baseball selected to play in the NCAA Championship."
Several topics were discussed on Tuesday evening by Sankey in his daily press conference. They included:
**Seven SEC student-athletes are participating in the SEC Spring Meetings this week. The group includes Brady Bramlett (Ole Miss baseball), Danny Etling (LSU football), Greg Hart (Kentucky football), Terrence Phillips (Missouri men's basketball), Alyssa Rice (Kentucky women's basketball), Sarah Shaw (Texas A&M women's soccer) and Marqu'es Webb (Vanderbilt women's basketball).
Said Sankey: "This is the first time we've had this type of representation of our student-athletes at our spring meetings. They were each elected from either a leadership council or an advisory council. They are here because their peers designated them as a representative."
**Sankey noted that a 14-week playing season model in football is on the agenda for discussion this week.
"Every so often we have a 14-week playing season with two open dates," Sankey said. "The NCAA Football Oversight Committee has introduced the concept to create a 14-week season every year, and they have asked for feedback, so that is the purpose for the conversation. We'll see where that lands."
**Other topics discussed on Tuesday included: graduate-transfer legislation, collaborative instant replay in men's basketball, and a discussion about personnel related to football staffs.