SEC clears path for QB Malik Zaire to transfer to Florida

SEC amends graduate transfer rule, clearing the path for Malik Zaire to Florida

Created in response to former Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's alleged lack of academic progress in Oxford back in 2010, the rule banned schools from accepting graduate transfers if players fail to meet academic requirements. The former Notre Dame quarterback - who is reportedly decided on Florida - left the Irish in late November, but delayed his decision to see if UF would become an option. The Gators had been unable to add Zaire because two previous graduate transfers - linebacker Anthony Harrell and offensive lineman Mason Halter - failed to meet academic requirements after transferring to Florida in 2016.

Until the amended rule, the SEC was the only Power Five conference with such a restriction on graduate transfers, thus putting it at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to bringing in those transfers.

An approved rule change at SEC spring meetings could mean a Texas quarterback target is headed to Florida. If Zaire chooses the Gators, he would have 10 weeks to learn Florida's offense, compete for the starting job and get ready for the season opener against MI on September 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The left-hander had 816 passing yards and six touchdowns in three seasons in South Bend, Indiana. "Enough time has passed it seems wise to step back and put ourselves in line with what everybody else is doing".

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Zaire's decision is not official yet, although many reports suggest he will take advantage of the rule change and wind up at Florida.

But graduate transfers were also a burr that annoyed Alabama coach Nick Saban last offseason.

A related piece of graduate transfer legislation that was ratified is that a student-athlete who arrived to an SEC program via a previous transfer will not be allowed for an intraconference transfer waiver. The SEC now does not allow alcohol sales at athletic events except in designated private areas. Sankey said he wasn't aware of any other conference that had a similar ban. There's a positive view of the concept.

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