SEC Wide Drug Policy in League’s Future?

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SEC Wide Drug Policy in League’s Future?

Greg Sankey
[su_spacer size=”20″] In 2013 the Southeastern Conference decided against a league-wide drug policy. However, NCAA hired a chief medical officer at about the same time that the SEC declined to institute a uniform drug policy and he is now speaking out about inconsistency in the drug policies of NCAA members.
[su_spacer size=”40″] [su_quote style=”modern-light” cite=”The Wall Street Journal” url=””] But already, the Hainline effect is being felt. The SEC has restarted talks about a conference-wide policy. The Pac-12, led by school athletic trainers and team doctors, is weighing a similar move. Incoming SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in an interview that Hainline’s push could be the impetus needed to get schools on board.
[su_spacer size=”20″] “Two years ago it was an organic conversation in the conference. Now the NCAA’s chief medical officer has engaged,” said Sankey, who will replace the retiring Mike Slive in July. “That is a tangible reason to re-engage.” Sankey added that conference-wide policies in the SEC and elsewhere could lay the groundwork for national standards.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.