SEC adopts 'serious misconduct' rule for transfers

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has adopted a rule prohibiting its schools from enrolling student-athletes with ''serious misconduct'' issues at previous colleges.

Call it the Jonathan Taylor statute.

The league defined serious misconduct as ''sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.''

No other conference has a similar conduct rule.

Georgia proposed the new legislation in the wake of Taylor's troubles. The Bulldogs dismissed Taylor last July after he was arrested on a charge of felony aggravated assault and family violence. Police said he struck his girlfriend with a closed fist and choked her during an argument at Taylor's dormitory room.

Taylor spent last fall at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi and enrolled at Alabama in January, which raised eyebrows. The Tide dismissed him two months later after he was arrested again on domestic violence charges in Tuscaloosa.

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