It’s check-out day at the SEC meetings.
For the schools, it’s get the check day. Last year’s SEC revenue sharing distributions averaged $20.9 million. This year, the first with the SEC Network funds in the league’s bank accounts, that figure is expected to exceed $30 million. We’ll see.
That’s a lot of cash.
Commissioner Mike Slive on the first day talked about wanting to add teeth to the league’s financial penalties for schools that allow fans to rush the field or court. The current structure of $5,000 for a first offense, $25,000 for the second and $50,000 for a third occurrence and beyond was put in place in 2004.
They’ve not yet said how they will approach stronger penalties. Presumably that’s with cash, but it could be something else.
Yesterday MSU president Mark Keenum suggested to me that having the team forfeit its big win after fans rush the field would deter fans and would further incentivize schools to police things. No doubt it would. That comment generated a lot of conversation on Twitter.
For the sake of clarity, Keenum stressed that was not something SEC presidents had actively debated then. It seems like a nuclear option and something that could be avoided. Maybe it’s a topic that is debated and is tossed out more for public consumption — a threat at first — if SEC schools can’t get this under control. Presidents and administrators are very serious about wanting to maintain the safe environment.
Entering the competition area is mostly associated with football. Last year SEC teams Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU and Ole Miss rushed the field. It’s a basketball thing too, and honestly, it seems fans are more in the face of opposing players in a basketball setting. At least that’s been my take on some video I’ve seen. Probably comes from an increased comfort level with the rise of court-side seating.
In others news …
My guess is SEC football coaches are engaged in satellite camps a year from now. League officials are optimistic they can pass legislation that will ban these camps, used mostly for recruiting, but I’m not so sure. The Big 10 folks seem really into this thing, and it’s going to be hard for the SEC to un-ring that bell. Here’s the column.
Finally, Brady Bramlett is an impressive guy. He’s in the Destin the first part of the week then sprinting through DFW to make a connection to get to LA and join his Ole Miss baseball teammates so he can pitch in the second round of the Los Angeles Regional. In a time of historic change for college athletics he’s got not only a voice but a vote. Check out Bramlett’s off-field chores here.