Why the SEC passed the Malik Zaire rule
DESTIN - SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the league wasn't making any decisions "based on an individual."
That's not going to stop me from calling Friday's graduate transfer tweak the Malik Zaire Rule.
The fine print, as I wrote earlier today: If a grad transfer doesn't make adequate academic progress, the program can't take another the next year. That's down from the old policy (a three-year ban).
"There were some high-profile situations that we were probably overreacting to," Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin said. He was presumably referring to Oregon grad transfer Jeremiah Masoli leaving Ole Miss after one semester.
"We kind of got out in front of everybody else," Stricklin said at the Sandestin Hilton. "Now that time has passed, it seems wise to step back and put ourselves in line with what other leagues are doing."
And, Sankey said, no other league has a similar policy.
But Sankey also pushed the idea of having some sort of accountability for schools who take graduate transfers. A one-year ban acknowledges that idea without a major penalty.
Sankey didn't know how many schools were affected by the previous rule, but he said Florida football wasn't the only program hit by it.
Regardless, the rule is effective immediately, removing the only obstacle between Zaire and the Gators.
Here was Zaire's subtle tweet after the news:
Let's go!!!!!!!!!!— Malik Zaire (@Lucky9Lefty) June 2, 2017