BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 16, 2017)—–Kentucky’s Greg Hart and LSU’s Danny Etling have been elected Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Southeastern Conference Football Leadership Council.
Hart and Etling were selected by a vote of their peers at a meeting of the Council at SEC headquarters in Birmingham. The pair will attend a portion of the meeting of the SEC’s Athletics Directors in March and the Conference’s Spring Meetings in May and June.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey introduced new Student-Athlete Leadership Councils in 2016 for the sports of football and men’s and women’s basketball in which, in addition to the conference’s longstanding Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), provide student-athletes with additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and conference office staff.
“These talented young men are proven leaders on the field and among their teammates,” said Misty Brown, SEC Director of Student-Athlete Engagement. “They took special interest to engage in conversation about topics that were important to them. They came prepared and ready to provide feedback on issues related to recruiting, practice and career preparation. We were extremely impressed with our football leadership council and look forward to continuing to work with all of our councils to identify ways that we can remain innovative in enhancing the student-athlete experience.”
The councils, which consist of one representative from each institution, serve as a conduit of communication to the conference office on issues related to student-athlete experience and student-athlete wellness.
“It’s an honor to represent Kentucky football on the SEC Football Leadership Council and it’s very humbling to be chosen by my peers to be the chair,” Hart said. I’m excited about this opportunity that we have to come to together and discuss concerns and topics with the people who make the decisions in the SEC. I want to thank Commissioner Sankey and everyone else involved for creating this group. The SEC’s motto of ‘It Just Means More’ is really true. They really do care how we feel and it’s cool to be a part of this.”
During its recent meeting the group provided feedback on proposed rules governing the SEC and NCAA and participated in a leadership development presentation with motivational speaker Timothy Alexander.
Said Etling: “I’ve been part of two conferences, and the SEC is very hands on and really cares about the players and wants us to have a voice. Just the fact that Commissioner Sankey was there and listened and was involved in our discussions is huge. We were able to talk through some issues that we see, and he’s trying to find solutions for us. It’s been fun to be a part of.”