DESTIN, Fla. — Georgia’s proposal to let graduates transfer within the conference, as Maurice Smith did last year, will have to wait another year before the SEC reconsiders it.
The SEC tabled the proposal on Friday, with the presidents opting not to vote at this time.
“We have a waiver process, so that remains in effect,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said, adding that there is an NCAA working group that is looking at the issue, so that was a consideration towards considering it later.
The presidents did pass another tweak to the graduate transfer rule, which would allow quarterback Malik Zaire to transfer from Notre Dame to Florida.
UGA proposed the rule change after the Smith controversy last year, when the defensive back was initially blocked by Alabama from transferring to Georgia. After public pressure, Alabama released the block and Sankey granted a waiver, while putting academic stipulations on Smith.
Smith ended up being one of Georgia’s best players, starting every game at nickel back and being named a team captain at the end of the year.