How discussions on booze, gambling became a part of the SEC meetings


DESTIN, Fla.—It was the kind of conversation that would have been unthinkable just five years ago at the SEC Spring Meetings.

But here we were on Wednesday talking to coaches and athletics directors--OUT LOUD--about gambling and alcohol. I’m not saying that coaches and athletics directors have never talked about gambling and alcohol at these meetings. They certainly have. But until now—and this is a bit of oversimplification-- the context of those discussions has always been “keep everybody away from these things. They are bad.”

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Tony Barnhart