Rebel Voices: Brady Bramlett at the SEC Spring Meetings
June 23, 2016

Last month, Ole Miss pitcher Brady Bramlett had the opportunity to attend the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida. Bramlett was one-of-five student-athletes invited to join the conference's athletic administrators and head coaches to discuss SEC and NCAA legislation. He decided to share his experience on OleMissSports.com

This past May, I had the opportunity to attend the SEC Spring Meetings down in Destin, Florida. These meetings are a time for all SEC staff, athletic directors, senior women’s administrators, faculty representatives, and multiple head coaches to meet to discuss SEC and NCAA legislation. During this time, the SEC invited five student-athletes to join the discussion and include our own vote on the proposed legislation. This is an incredible advancement not only in the SEC, but the association as a whole. The student-athlete is in the “room where it happens” (for you Hamilton fans) which was not the case in the last five years.

The majority of the time was spent on the continued discussion of student-athlete time expectations. Since the previous legislative cycle, the autonomous five conferences agreed to present a full fledge plan at the NCAA Convention in January 2017. Since this agreement, three concepts have emerged that will be voted on at the convention. One of the best concepts was the notion that maybe the greatest issue is not the constraints of student-athlete time, but rather the liberty of which the student-athletes have with their time off. A cry that has been heard is that student-athletes understand that our time is going to be consumed by our sport, but coaches need to give student-athletes a practice schedule at least a week in advance and stick to that schedule unless of serious cause for change. Simply adhering to a schedule allows the student-athlete to plan their time wisely outside of the field to simply get a haircut, go to a study group, grocery shop, and many other typical daily errands.


 

 

Lastly, I would like to add a personal note of thanks to Rebel Nation and all those who have ever supported my journey as an Ole Miss Rebel. There is simply no way to put into exact words the gratitude and immense love I have felt since the moment I stepped on campus. Thank you for your intensity at Swayze, your wild chants, the beverage showers in right field, and all the “Swayze Crazies” that make being an Ole Miss Rebel worth more than a jersey on our backs. I made the decision to step away from the diamond with arduous prayer, and I knew it was time to begin a novel journey in my life in pursuit of my dream in athletic administration. Thank you again for all of your support and understanding, and I cannot wait to join the crowd out at Swayze!

With much love and gratitude,

Your ace,

 

Brady Bramlett

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