SEC to form advisory group with Big Ten Conference

The NCAA’s most powerful conferences are set to join forces to address the biggest issues surrounding college athletics.

According to a press release from Associate Commissioner of the SEC, Herb Vincent, the SEC and Big Ten are set to form a joint advisory group consisting of university presidents, chancellors, and athletic directors. This advisory group hopes to “address the significant challenges facing college athletics and the opportunities for betterment of the student-athlete experience.”

The release described further the “challenges” they hope to address regarding the student-athlete experience.

“These challenges, including but not limited to recent court decisions, pending litigation, a patchwork of state laws, and complex governance proposals, compel the two conferences to take a leadership role in developing solutions for a sustainable future of college sports.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey hopes that today’s issue will become better understood through this advisory group.

“There are similar cultural and social impacts on our student-athletes, our institutions, and our communities because of the new collegiate athletics environment,” Sankey said. “We do not have predetermined answers to the myriad questions facing us.  We do not expect to agree on everything but enhancing interaction between our conferences will help to focus efforts on common sense solutions.”

NIL and the transfer portal are two of the biggest issues surrounding college sports today, especially in the world of football. The SEC and Big Ten hope to better understand the two issues and to learn how to possibly better regulate them. The SEC also says that “The advisory group will have no authority to act independently and will only serve as a consulting body.  Its composition, charter and timetable, as well as the specific questions it might examine, have yet to be determined.”

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