SEC Transfer Rule Passes Banning Players With ‘Serious Misconduct’ Issues

In somewhat of a surprise, the proposed transfer rule the Georgia Bulldogs brought forth recently, banning transfers who have a history of serious misconduct issues, has been passed.

Wow. Georgia’s proposal to ban transfers who committed “serious misconduct” at previous schools passed.

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 29, 2015

Figured they’d eventually pass something like this, but thought they’d take more time to hammer out details.

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 29, 2015

“Serious misconduct” is defined by this new SEC rule as “sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.”

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 29, 2015

This is the SEC’s writeup of that new transfer ban.

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 29, 2015

@Andy_Staples will this policy apply to players who are just accused or is an actual conviction in a court of law required?

— Keith Kokinda (@KeithKokinda) May 29, 2015

Good question. It takes into account the previous school’s response — not the legal system.

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 29, 2015

There is a waiver process, so presumably a person exonerated through the legal system would qualify for such a waiver.

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 29, 2015

This is a serious rule change that did not take long to be adopted, as Andy Staples points out above. A proposal of this stature often gets tabled until the next round of meetings because it can have far reaching effects on schools and their recruitment procedures. The speed with which it passed may be a product of the fact that domestic violence and sexual assault by athletes, students and professionals alike, has really come into the national spotlight recently. League officials apparently feel that it’s time to take serious action.

It’s a bold and commendable move by SEC officials. If they are looking to send a clear message to current and potential student-athletes about sexual assault and domestic violence, the swift approval and decidedly certain language of this proposal should go a long ways in doing so.

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