SEC Student-Athletes Participate in Spring Advisory Committee Meeting
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (February 15, 2011) – The Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently concluded its spring meeting at the SEC offices in Birmingham, Ala. Members of the SEC SAAC convened to discuss institutional, conference and national issues which targeted rules compliance, NCAA governance and personal development.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive joined the group for a wide-ranging conversation on the league’s management structure, its agreement with ESPN, the Capitol One Cup, and national discussions involving agents and amateurism. Representatives went on to review the NCAA academic progress rate, regular season scheduling in women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, the NCAA Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and recruiting hosting allowances, among other issues.
“The opportunity for student-athletes to meet face-to-face in a non-competitive setting should not be underestimated. It is important for them to see each other as peers with common goals and concerns,” said SEC SAAC Liaison, Torie Johnson. “Most student-athletes have never been to the conference office, and we hope the time they spend in Birmingham gives them insight into what we do on their behalves each day.”
Other SEC staff members, including Associate Commissioners Greg Sankey and Charles Bloom, participated in the meeting to facilitate discussions in the areas of governance and media. And, the SAAC’s institutional liaison, D.J. Brown (Associate Compliance Director at the University of South Carolina), provided expertise in the area of compliance and rules enforcement.
The SEC SAAC is comprised of two student-athletes from each institution. And, it was established in 1992 to serve as a medium of communication through which student-athletes, conference administrators, institutional representatives and coaches discuss and take action on issues relating to rules governance, student-athlete welfare and community service.
Members of the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2010-11 are: Calli Johnson (Alabama, volleyball); Kyle Weeks (Alabama, men’s swimming & diving); Terry Prentice (Arkansas, men’s track & field); Gina Bargiachi (Arkansas, women’s swimming & diving); Addison Ragsdale (Auburn, women’s soccer); Morgan Murphy (Auburn, softball); Bobby Walsh (Florida, men’s swimming & diving); Alicia Goodwin (Florida, gymnastics); Travis Voyles (Georgia, men’s cross country/track & field); Taylor Adams (Georgia, women’s cross country/track & field); Kayla Sergesketter (Kentucky, women’s swimming & diving); J.D. Horton (Kentucky, men’s track & field); Lauren Saucier (LSU, women’s track & field); Shanna Spears (LSU, women’s swimming & diving); Juliana Smith (Ole Miss, women’s track & field); Morgan Springer (Ole Miss, volleyball); Renee Masterson (Mississippi State, women’s cross country/track & field); Caleb Reed (Mississippi State, baseball); Samantha Arbaugh (South Carolina, softball); Michael Roth (South Carolina, baseball); Julie Edwards (Tennessee, women’s soccer); Derek Paul (Tennessee, men’s swimming & diving); Rebecca Silinksi (Vanderbilt, women’s basketball) and Caleb Welchans (Vanderbilt, football).