Official Rules and The Commish

By Jeff Lippman - October 24, 2007


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- First up to the podium at the Tipoff 2008 Media Days was SEC commissioner Mike Slive.

Slive spoke about the league's 75th anniversary and mentioned the first SEC Men's Tournament way back in 1933 in Atlanta. All SEC teams will wear a 75th anniversary patch this season.

Slive also mentioned the turnover that the SEC is experiencing on both the men's and women's sides. Seven new coaches will grab the reins of their respective programs this year, the most since 1990 when a 10-team SEC witnessed eight coaching changes.

But most importantly, Slive talked about what a great time it is to be the commissioner of the SEC.

"This is a great time to be the commissioner of the SEC. Three championships, one in football, men's basketball and women's basketball, the first conference ever to do that. It was a good time to be commissioner in the SEC."

In fact, that isn't the only accolades the conference has garnered in the past few seasons. Only the SEC and the Big East have won both the men's and women's basketball national titles in the same season -- as Tennessee and Florida did last year.

Last season, with an 11-4 men's NCAA Tournament record, the SEC has been the predominant NCAA Tournament conference over the past two years with 24 wins, most among any conference in the nation.

In fact, every single SEC program has made at least one NCAA Tournament appearance over the last six editions of the Big Dance, Slive said.

SEC Supervisor of Officials Gerald Boudreaux

Boudreaux went over his points of emphasis for SEC officials to be mindful of next season.

1) They'd like to clean up the rough post play going on across the country.
2) The officials will be more mindful of players palming the ball and will call that more often
3) Cracking down on illegal screens and illegal contact
4) The charge/block situation will be more closely monitored, as that also deals with cleaning up the rough post play.

Boudreaux also took the time to discuss the new enforcement of the Coaches Box, saying the box never left, it will just be more strictly enforced this year. '

The new implementation will give officials the right to issue a warning to any coach who has left the coaches box in a positive manner, meaning he only coaching and not arguing with officials. If the coach leaves the box to argue, it is an immediate technical foul.

Still, even if the coach stays in the box, but is screaming or cursing, he will be given a technical.

The only times a coach can leave the box is as follows:

1. If there is a scoring or timing error at the officials table
2. if there is a fight broken out on the floor
3. If there is a scoreboard malfunction that nobody seems to notice, the coach may come onto the floor to point it out

Now, as Boudreaux says, it is just a matter of interpreting these new implementations by the officials.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 12:24 PM on October 24, 2007
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