Richt hopes for ‘discretion’ in new SEC transfer rule

Richt hopes for 'discretion' in new SEC transfer rule (Image 1)

MACON, Ga. (AP) – Georgia coach Mark Richt says he hopes there is room for “discretion” in the SEC’s new rule which blocks schools from accepting transfers who have had “serious misconduct” problems.

The SEC is the first conference to prohibit transfers of student-athletes who have a history of such offenses as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

Richt said Tuesday there is “certainly wisdom” in the rule passed at the Southeastern Conference’s spring meetings on Friday in Destin, Florida. Still, he says he hopes a hard rule won’t prevent schools from considering those who “deserve a chance.”

Georgia proposed the legislation, which was passed by SEC presidents. Richt, speaking at the annual Pigskin Preview meeting of the state’s college football coaches, says coaches didn’t vote on the proposal.

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