SANDESTIN, Fla. -- The 2019 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.
Following Wednesday's meetings, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey discussed a variety of topics with the media:
**The SEC Network will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this year. As part of that celebration, the SEC Network will air Saturdays in the South, an eight-part documentary on the history of SEC football.
**Various groups discussed proposed NCAA and SEC legislation in meetings on Wednesday. Kevin Lennon, Vice President of NCAA Division I Governance, visited with the combined group of Athletics Directors, Faculty Athletics Representatives and Senior Woman Administrators. Sankey noted that transfer issues were discussed in every meeting of the coaches groups on Wednesday.
**The football coaches met with eight of the SEC's football referees, opening a dialogue between the two groups on how they can work more effectively together. The SEC will implement preseason clinics, where the officiating crews will travel to the 14 SEC campuses in August.
"This is a new initiative continuing to provide instruction about new rules and about how the game is officiated," Sankey said. "This provides the opportunity to start our officiating process a bit earlier."
**Men's basketball coaches discussed transfer issues and also looked at the expanded use of instant replay in late-game situations. The SEC is the only conference experimenting with collaborative replay during conference play.
Said Sankey: "We think that has been a successful experiment, but we are in constant conversation about how we can continue to improve that process."
It was also discussed how the SEC office can help develop and provide developmental opportunities for assistant coaches who want to progress into the head coaching realm.
**Women's basketball discussed scheduling issues around television and non-conference scheduling and how the SEC can remain strong as a women's basketball conference.
**CBS on Wednesday announced several football games it will carry during the 2019 season: Alabama at South Carolina (Sept. 14), Georgia vs. Florida (Nov. 2) and Missouri at Arkansas (Nov. 29). CBS will air SEC doubleheaders on Sept. 21and Nov. 16. Other games televised by CBS will be announced later.
**The SEC's presidents and chancellors will meet for the first time at this year's Spring Meetings on Thursday.
**The student-athlete representatives who are participating in Spring Meetings took part in the joint meeting with the Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators and Faculty Athletics Representatives. The six student-athletes participating this week are LSU's Blake Ferguson (Football), Texas A&M's Jake Gibbons (Men's Swimming and Diving), Arkansas' Jailyn Mason (Women's Basketball), LSU's Jaelyn Richard-Harris (Women's Basketball), Ole Miss' Mohamed Sanogo (Football) and Ole Miss' Breein Tyree (Men's Basketball).