DESTIN, Fla. — The SEC doesn’t currently have any schools or teams on probation, which commissioner Greg Sankey happily pointed out on Wednesday night.
While he still has the chance.
“We’re in a period right now where we have none of our institutions on probation. That is factual,” Sankey said. “For research we have to go back to 1984 to find the last time that we didn’t have one of our institutions on NCAA probation. And that’s been since August. And we need not go back.
“That’s the message. Never return a championship trophy, never return a banner. And never have a team banned from postseason competition because we can’t meet the NCAA’s expectations, either from rules compliance or academic expectations. We’ve done well. We’re not perfect.”
Indeed, Ole Miss was just served a notice of allegations by the NCAA, with the football program in the crosshairs. And back in January, Missouri admitted to major violations under former men’s basketball coach Frank Haith.
“We’ve got two issues out there right now,” Sankey acknowledged. “And we’ll deal with meeting those expectations and understand that we don’t want any more.”