SEC Commissioner Mike Slive offered his state-of-the-union speech today in Birmingham.
We like to get to the point and provide you with what you need to know.
So here are the important notes:
1. Slive wants to consider multi-year scholarships. (Saban probably just blew a gasket.) (Spurrier said later today, “I think that’s a terrible idea.)
2. Slive wants former players to be able to come back a get their degree (on scholarship) after the current 6-year permissible window.
3. Slive wants to raise the minimum high school graduating GPA from 2.0 to 2.5 in order to compete in the first year of college. (Petrino said later today that he’s opposed because that puts more on the high school coaches).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Our boy @EDSBS noted, “Slive wants to raise GPA requirement to 2.5. The Sun Belt is going to have some AWESOME defensive tackles in 2016.”
4. Slive wants high school student to have to pass a required number of core courses starting with their freshman year in high school in order to compete in their first year at college. Slive wants to avoid last-minute “get eligible” plans.
5. Slive wants coaches to be able to text message. He said it’s ridiculous that text messages have caused probations. In reality, that’s how young people communicate, so you might as well text.
6. Slive said, “The SEC has submitted national legislation prohibiting institutions from hosting, sponsoring, or conducting non-scholastic football events at any location on or off campus.”
7. Slive wants to get rid of the “bump rule.” He said, “If a coach is permitted to travel off campus to recruit, he or she should be allowed to evaluate and have a conversation with the prospect on the same day. Maybe we can make the so-called 'bump' history.” (Saban and Jimbo are fired up)
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