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SEC Spring Meetings: Day Two notebook

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SANDESTIN, Fla. -- The 2015 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings continued on 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.


• College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock and Arkansas Athletics Director/CFP Selection Committee Chairman Jeff Long visited with the media on Wednesday evening. Hancock announced that nine cities have submitted bids to host the 2018, 2019 and 2020 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Those locations include: Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, New Orleans, San Antonio, Santa Clara, and South Florida.

• The SEC has a restriction preventing coaches from hosting "satellite camps" in areas across the country. The SEC will make every effort to have its rule adopted as the national policy. If the SEC policy is not adopted nationally by the summer of 2016, the SEC will lift its restriction on allowing coaches to host "satellite camps."

• The SEC continues to oppose an early-signing date (the third week of December) in the sport of football. The SEC restated its position that if there must be an early-signing date, it should be the Monday following Thanksgiving.

• Each of the coaches groups - football, men's basketball and women's basketball - present in Destin all presented reports from their respective meetings in front of the athletics directors on Wednesday.


On Wednesday's discussion related to "satellite camps" ...
"The athletics directors voted to drop our restriction effective in 2016. If the rule isn't adopted nationally come next summer, then our folks will be free to fan out all over the country. We thought maybe there was an interpretation that the NCAA could make to take care of this matter. We'll either get the rule changed or our coaches will start traveling."


On the SEC's opposition to an early-signing period in the sport of football ...
"We have, over six years, as that idea has been consistently been there identified concerns about what happens in the fall and what happens in early December. You're asking some prospects to sign National Letters of Intent on the same week as their state high school playoffs. You don't have access to another semester's academic information. The concern is that if you go to the third week in December and there is no filter, then you have just created a new signing date. It becomes the signing day. Under the current recruiting calendar, you have two weeks of contact. We've heard over time that you don't get to know these young people. I'm not sure how you get to know young people when you don't have contact."

The SEC Spring Meetings will continue through Friday.