SEC alters graduate transfer rule, clearing way for Zaire to UF?

But the SEC's leaders voted to change a rule that was restricting grad transfers based on April scores. The powerhouse league voted to reduce penalties for programs whose graduate transfers fail to meet academic requirements.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain, who stands to gain the most in the short term, was fairly indifferent about it when asked about it earlier in the week.

As a result, head coach Tom Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck are nearly certain to enter the 2017 season with only two scholarship quarterbacks on campus - sophomore Shane Buechele and early enrollee Sam Ehlinger.

Now, the door has been opened for Zaire to enroll at Florida, where he's expected to compete with Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Luke Del Rio for the starting role in preseason camp. Zaire had 816 passing yards and six touchdowns in limited action in three seasons in South Bend, Indiana. Presidents and chancellors reduced that to three years in 2014.

"It puts us in line with what everybody else in the country is doing, and I think that makes a lot of sense", Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin told reporters on Friday.

-Sankey said there were conversations with presidents and chancellors about alcohol sales on campus. "We've not now changed our policy, but it's one of those things that will be under discussion".

Sankey declined to say whether any other SEC programs were in the same situation as Florida regarding past graduate transfers. "The feedback this week was positive with still any number of question marks around the idea".

  • Jo Lloyd