SANDESTIN, Fla. -- The 2017 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've had two full days," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. "We talked about legislative proposals, and that is a customary activity this week. There has been a lot of conversation about that. We also had each of our head coaches groups come in with a joint meeting with our athletics directors and senior woman administrators."
Several topics were discussed on Wednesday evening by Sankey in his daily press conference. They included:
**The SEC's head football coaches had concern about going to a 14-week football schedule on a regular basis that causes the start date of the season to begin earlier.
"With the adjustments of no two-a-days and the ability to begin a week earlier, the notion of starting a week earlier is not one that was perceived favorably at this point," Sankey said. "There is more conversation to come and there is an opportunity for input with the NCAA's Football Oversight Committee."
**The men's basketball coaches reviewed the 2016-17 season, particularly the success of the Conference at the end of the season.
"They looked at me and I looked at them, and we both talked about how we can capitalize on the momentum going forward," Sankey said. "It was a healthy conversation. We also made some changes around men's basketball officiating after last year. We hired Mark Whitehead as our Coordinator of Officials, and this was really the first time we've had the chance to talk to our coaches after that change."
**The women's basketball coaches discussed the momentum created by the SEC's success in the 2016-17 season and looked forward to the 2017-18 season and the 2018 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament to be held in Nashville.
**The student-athletes in attendance at the SEC Spring Meetings will have the opportunity to meet with the Presidents and Chancellors for the first time on Thursday.