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Florida Gators expected to have a stake in SEC transfer rules (again)

Changing transfer rules is one topic expected to be discussed at this week's SEC spring meetings in Destin.
The SEC is expected to consider a rule that could affect the eligibility of Florida Gators receiver Van  Jefferson, a transfer from Ole Miss. [ MONICA HERNDON  |  Times ]
The SEC is expected to consider a rule that could affect the eligibility of Florida Gators receiver Van Jefferson, a transfer from Ole Miss. [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]
Published May 29, 2018
Updated May 29, 2018

For the second year in a row, the SEC is expected to consider transfer polices at its spring meetings, which begin today in Destin.

And for the second year in a row, the Gators have a major stake in the decision.

Florida and Texas A&M have co-sponsored a proposal that would allow players to transfer freely within the conference if their school receives a postseason ban. The official intent, as written in the SEC's proposals, is that a postseason ban is something "outside of the student-athlete's control," so he shouldn't be punished for it.

The scenario happens to apply to UF. The Gators' most impressive receiver in the spring, Van Jefferson, has transferred from Ole Miss, which has been banned from the 2018 postseason.

Other players who left the Rebels have been ruled immediately eligible, including Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson. But a formal rule change in Destin would allow the Gators to add a talented player to their receiving corps. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound redshirt junior caught 91 passes for 999 yards and four touchdowns at Ole Miss.

UF was in a somewhat similar situation last year, when the SEC changed its graduate transfer policy, clearing the way for quarterback Malik Zaire to transfer from Notre Dame to UF.

Zaire started twice last season and finished with 56 passes, one interception and no touchdowns.

I'll have updates from the SEC's spring meetings (which aren't expected to be affected by Subtropical Storm Alberto) here and on Twitter.