DESTIN, Fla. — The SEC, as expected, acted to strengthen its year-old rule against signing transfer students with a history of “serious misconduct.”
But, also as expected, it did not expand it to include high school players, which would have prevented Mississippi State from accepting controversial recruit Jeffrey Simmons.
Last year, the SEC passed a Georgia-sponsored rule to prohibit its schools from accepting transfer students who at any point of their enrollment in college had been convicted or pled guilty or no contest to serious misconduct, defined as sexual assault, domestic violence, or “other forms” of sexual violence.
This week the rule was expected to include the following: Dating violence, stalking, or “conduct of a nature that creates serious concerns about the safety of others.”
Sankey was asked about that vague wording.
“It’s a vague world. It’s a recognition that you can’t define everything within one page,” Sankey said.
Asked if there was a dialogue this week about expanding the legislation to include high school players, Sankey said: “We’ll continue to talk.”
That was different from earlier in the week, when Sankey appeared to shoot it down.
“We’ve talked throughout the week about the policy, why we’re in a certain place, why we’re focused on certain transfers,” Sankey said.
He was asked if the Simmons situation would make him re-think that.
“The conversation never stopped,” Sankey said. “I can envision a continuing dialogue that looks at what we’ve done on serious misconduct relative to transfers, and the question will be asked, is that sufficient, should we just remain there. That doesn’t predict outcomes. But I envision that that will be a conversation topic going forward.”