Notebook: Slive seeks better draft info for SEC players
Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.
DESTIN — Having seen too many football and basketball players enter the draft early and fail over the years, SEC commissioner Mike Slive said the league is going to begin researching ways to provide more reliable information to its athletes so they can make better decisions.
Florida had two football juniors declare for the draft this year — cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy — who went undrafted and now will try to make NFL teams as free agents.
“We're just in the early throes of thinking about this in a way that we think is in the best interest of these young men, especially those that are going to be on the margin, and it's a huge disappointment if they're not successful in the draft,” Slive said. “Our coaches are willing to sit down and do some things and address this issue.
“When a young man gets conflicting information (about the draft), how do you create something that he can rely on that is really believable and give them a source of information they can rely on?
“I feel good that we've opened the door a little bit. I think we can get there. We just need to get to work.”
Slive said it's become obvious that some underclassmen are receiving inaccurate information concerning their possible draft status — many times from agents and family members.
“We need to develop a process to provide the kind of advice that is realistic and that is comfortable and that is believable, given the different pressures on young men from different sources, some of which there is a self interest that is not in the best interest of the young man,” Slive said.
New permanent opponents
Slive said this fall the league likely will announce the two new permanent league opponents for each school in basketball. The SEC is keeping an 18-game league schedule, but moving from one permanent opponent to three starting in the 2015-16 season.
“I'm sure we can make that decision by the fall,” Slive said.
Florida's one current permanent opponent is Kentucky. The two schools that seem most likely to become future permanent opponents for UF are Georgia and Tennessee.
Slive said decisions will be based on input by the school's athletic directors.
UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said Wednesday he has a good idea who the two permanent opponents should be for the Gators.
Amending the transfer rule
Slive said the league is expected to amend its graduate-student transfer rule today when the presidents and chancellors meet.
Under the current rule, SEC schools cannot accept a transfer who has graduated from another unless they have two years of eligibility remaining, or have a special circumstance (like seeking a major not available at their present school).
Virginia tight end Jake McGee was not allowed to transfer to Florida recently until receiving a special waiver from the SEC.
“We want to see if we can expedite the (waiver) process,” Slive said.
Exhibition basketball games around the SEC are going to have a little different, and a little quicker, look this season.
The league's basketball coaches have approved a recommendation to experiment with a 30-second shot clock in exhibition games. The league is expected to approve the experiment today.
The current shot clock is 35 seconds.
The ACC approved the same experiment a few weeks ago.
"It could be a positive, especially when talking about raising scoring," LSU coach Johnny Jones said. "I think it will be something that might be fan-friendly, making the game more exciting. The decisions you have to make will be quicker, like making a quick read what your opponent is doing defensively.
"I'm not sure how much of a difference it will make with us, because we're an uptempo team. There will certainly be adjustments for other teams."
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