SANDESTIN, Fla. (May 30, 2019) -- The 2019 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings continued Thursday 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 the day's meetings, SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw discussed new rules changes. This is an off-year of a two-year rules change cycle, which means that changes are only considered for player health and safety, a rule change from the previous season that is not achieving its intent or changes that have a significant impact on the image of the game.
Other topics discussed by Shaw were:
**For a player to be disqualified and the Targeting foul enforced, all elements of a Targeting foul must be confirmed by the Instant Replay Official. If any element of Targeting cannot be confirmed, then the Replay Official shall overturn the targeting foul. There is now no option for stands as part of a Targeting review.
**If a student-athlete receives a third or any subsequent targeting foul within the same season, that player is disqualified for the remainder of that game and the player would receive an automatic one-game suspension in his team's next scheduled game.
**There is no change to the first four overtime periods. Beginning with the fifth extra period, each team will move directly to attempt a two-point try.
**For a free-kick down only, after the ball has been kicked, it is illegal for two or more members of the receiving team to form a wedge for the purpose of blocking for the ball carrier. This is a live ball foul, whether or not there is contact.
**No player shall deliver a blind-side block by attacking an opponent with forcible contact.
**When the defense is allowed to block below the waist by rule, the block must be directed from the front.
**Officiating crews, including the Instant Replay Official, will be assigned from the same officiating organization.
**The SEC will implement preseason clinics, where the officiating crews will travel to the 14 SEC campuses in August.
"I hope it will be effective in having good dialogue," Shaw said. "This is something we are doing that I think will really be helpful to us."
**Elsewhere at SEC Spring Meetings, the student-athletes who are participating in this week's meetings took part in a career roundtable Thursday with SEC Network talent Laura Rutledge and Peter Burns. These students have participated in various meetings throughout the week and to give institutional leaders feedback on the student-athlete experience while also providing input on proposed SEC and NCAA legislation. The six student-athletes 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).