3 takeaways from what Steve Sarkisian said at SEC meetings

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian discussed a broad range of topics with the media on May 28 at the SEC spring meetings.
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Sarkisian turns to the NFL for guidance at the NCAA level

Since so much of the conversation for Sarkisian when talking to the media at the SEC spring meetings this week was dominated by NIL and the transfer portal in this day and age of college football, rules and guidelines from the NCAA was bound to be brought up too.

Topics and issues such as the jumbled college sports (specifically college football) recruiting calendar, NIL and transfer portal guardrails, tampering, and injury reports were all discussed at the spring meetings.

Sarkisian suggests the NCAA look to the NFL for reference as to how to work through some of these issues and changes in the modern landscape of college sports in the age of NIL and the transfer portal.

"The NFL has already figured a lot of this stuff out, so we don't have to reinvent the wheel. If someone isn't truthful on their player availability report, fine them."

Steve Sarkisian at SEC spring meetings

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey pitched the idea of "availability reporting" for each week's games during the season. But it doesn't sound like any changes are imminent regarding the availability of weekly injury reports in SEC football.

"We are going to have a discussion about student-athlete availability reporting. Members of our staff have been working on this project, really since last summer. I referenced some considerations that we would have. That doesn’t mean there’s going to be a decision. In fact, you should not expect a decision. But you should expect a discussion."

Greg Sankey on availability reporting

After the house decision last week that allows schools in the NCAA to directly pay athletes, the evolution of modern college sports has only accelerated in the ways that the players can market themselves and get paid.

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