SANDESTIN, Fla. -- The 2018 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings concluded Friday at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort. The annual gathering 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.
"We had a busy week," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. "It was also an opportunity to celebrate the success in our league. Annually on Thursday evening we have an awards dinner to recognize our community service leaders of the year, professor of the year and McWhorter Award winners."
Topics discussed by Sankey included:
**On Thursday night, Florida gymnast Grace McLaughlin and Auburn track and field athlete Wesley Curles were honored as the Brad Davis Community Service Leaders of the Year. In addition, LSU volleyball student-athlete and Tennessee football student-athlete Parker Henry were honored as the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Dr. Marcetta Darensbourg of Texas A&M University was honored as the SEC Professor of the Year.
**Mark Womack, the SEC's Executive Associate Commissioner, was recognized during the SEC Awards Dinner on Thursday for his 40 years of service to the Southeastern Conference.
**The SEC's Presidents and Chancellors authorized a donation of $100,000 from the Southeastern Conference to the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research. Sankey also noted that coaches in each sport agreed to participate individually in recognizing Mike Slive.
**New ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro and Executive Vice Presidents Burke Magnus and Connor Schell visited the presidents, chancellors and athletics directors groups to discuss the overall media landscape.
**With the conclusion of SEC Spring Meetings, Mississippi State President Mark Keenum has completed his tenure as President of the SEC. He will be succeeded by South Carolina President Harris Pastides.
**The Athletics Directors approved the use of centralized replay review in the sport of Baseball. A replay official will review plays in the SEC Video Center in Birmingham and communicate decisions to umpires on the field at SEC stadiums. This is consistent with the procedure used by Major League Baseball. This process will only be used if the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee makes permanent the experimental plays that were used this past season.
**The Athletics Directors changed rules related to the fall baseball season to allow for two games to be played against outside competition without those games counting against the NCAA-mandated 56-game limit.
**As a result of a recommendation from the Working Group on Event Security, it was decided that metal detectors would be utilized at SEC football stadiums and other events as determined by each campus by the fall of 2020.
**The SEC is going to pursue negotiations to extend its agreement with the city of Nashville hosting basketball championships.
"We have had a great experience in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena," Sankey said. "We look forward to our future there. We have great relationships with the Nashville Sports Council, the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Convention and Visitor's Corporation."