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May 31, 2011

SEC Meetings Open In Destin (5:15 PM Update)

DESTIN, Fla. -- The parade of head football coaches in front of the media's tape recorders and microphones began late Tuesday morning and continued well into the afternoon as the SEC spring meetings got underway at the Sandestine Hilton.

Derek Dooley, Nick Saban, Will Muschamp, Bobby Petrino, Mark Richt, Gene Chizik and Houston Nutt answered questions for upwards of a half hour each. Not surprisingly, many of the questions focused on oversigning and other important issues affecting their jobs.

Steve Spurrier did not take questions from the media because he lost his voice and had trouble speaking. He attempted to do a video interview with SECSports.com, but stopped after a few minutes because of his difficulty in speaking.

Muschamp was very gracious when talking about the Gamecocks, praising Stephen Garcia, Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery. I will have more on that later in the Notebook. As you recall, Muschamp left Texas as the head-coach-in-waiting to take the Florida job.

We spoke with AD Eric Hyman about the decision to partially reinstate Garcia. I have that story up on Gamecock Central right now.

(Updated Posted at 5:15 P.M.)

10:00 A.M. -- The SEC's yearly spring business meeting at the Sandestin Resort Hilton is expected to contain plenty of fireworks.

Events got underway early Tuesday morning when conference commissioner Mike Slive began meeting with the league's 12 athletic directors, including South Carolina's Eric Hyman, starting at 9 a.m. ET.

Senior women administrators also started their meetings at 9 a.m. Faculty representatives began their meetings Monday night and they will sit down again later today.

The intensity is expected to turn up a notch when the 12 head football coaches begin meeting at 2 p.m. ET. They are scheduled to discuss "roster management" issues and other topics for five hours until 7 p.m. ET.

An umbrella term, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has said "roster management" encompasses not just the sensitive issue of oversigning, but grayshirting, early enrollees, summer enrollees and medical exemptions.

In addition, the increasingly popular topic of making scholarships cover the "full cost of attendance" will get plenty of attention and discussion as well.

As far as oversigning is expected, some type of legislation is expected to pass, but how far will it go? The 12 coaches are firmly entrenched into two camps. Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban and Houston Nutt lead the group favoring the status quo or making just minor tweaks.

But other coaches like Mark Richt want major changes to the process, if not an outright ban on oversigning.

Although the football coaches don't begin meeting until 2 p.m., many of them are expected to speak to the media before they walk into the conference room.

The men's basketball coaches are likewise set to begin meeting at 2 p.m.. They are expected to address issues like eliminating the two-divisional format, reseeding for the conference basketball tournament (if they keep two divisions) and future scheduling.

Once the meetings have concluded, the SEC will announce on Friday their annual distribution of revenues. Last year, the average outlay per school was $17.3 million. This year, the anticipated distribution is closer to $20 million per school.

SCHEDULE FOR TUES., MAY 31:
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m: SEC Athletic Directors meet;
9 a.m. - 7 p.m: Senior Women Administrators meet;
1 p.m. - 7 p.m: Women's basketball Coaches meet;
2 p.m to 7 p.m: Football coaches meet;
2 p.m. to 7 p.m: Men's basketball coaches meet.
4 p.m. to 7 p.m: Faculty Reps meet.
(All Times Eastern)

Note: Gamecock Central Will Be Providing Frequent Updates Throughout the SEC Spring Meetings


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