It's that time of year again where SEC coaches ditch the play cards for flip-flops.
Tuesday marks the first day of the 2016 SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida. A wide variety of topics litter the beach when coaches, athletic directors, presidents, SEC officials and media members crash the Sandestin Beach Hilton.
Here are five things to keep an eye on:
1. Satellite camps: Yes, this craze trumped up by Jim Harbaugh last season will likely be a major topic of discussion in Destin. The SEC tried -- and failed -- to get satellite camps banned by the NCAA this year but have now decided to join the fray. Schools are setting up camps all around the country with hopes of duplicating the success Harbaugh had with his fun tour through SEC country. Now, even though the SEC was originally against these glorified recruiting/evaluation trips, it's diving right in, and satellite camps are an even bigger deal than they were a year ago. While SEC commissioner Greg Sankey greatly opposes these camps, expect league coaches and administrators to beat their chests and boast about the schedules they've created for the summer. And don't be surprised by a Harbaugh swipe or two.
2. Player misconduct rule for transfers: Last year, the SEC passed a rule prohibiting transfers who had been dismissed from their previous school for "serious misconduct." What essentially fell under that umbrella of "serious misconduct" was domestic violence, sexual assault or other forms of sexual violence. It was a fantastic first step for the league when it comes to player misconduct, especially violence toward women, but the SEC could expand on that this year. A new league proposal could expand the "serious misconduct" definition to include any transfer who has been "convicted of or plead guilty or no contest to a serious misconduct felony.” The rule could also expand to to include violence or threats made toward both men and women. There would also be background checks for transfers. It's another great step in the right direction for the league, however this proposal wouldn't include incoming freshmen.
3. Collective replay: Like the ACC, the SEC will now have all instant replays in football games looked at by a replay official inside each stadium and at the SEC video command center at its headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. Officials in Birmingham will assist the replay officials at games to help make a decision about upholding or reversing calls. It's a good move by the SEC, and coaches will now get to hear about how this will exactly work in games.
4. Realignment talk?: OK, so there might not be much talk, but there could be some. It's likely going to come up at some point this week. While the league probably won't take my awesome idea to try to completely get rid of divisions in football, Gus Malzahn hinted to our Chris Low earlier in the spring that there could be some talk about Auburn possibly moving to the East. Honestly, it makes sense. The Tigers are much more of a geographically eastern team than Missouri. A simple flip of the two would cause few waves and would make sense for rivalry purposes. Auburn would still face Alabama every year because it's the Iron Bowl, and Georgia, a permanent rival, would be a division opponent. You'd get Florida and Tennessee back on the schedule, too. Mizzou would permanently get Arkansas and Texas A&M, as well.
5. Autonomy talk: While autonomy hasn't exactly taken off like most thought it would, expect talk of it to resurface this week. Player health care, time demands, player compensation and revenue distribution will be just a few of the topics that should come up this week. Where's the dialogue among conferences? How close -- or far -- is the Power 5 from tackling some of these issues?