Director of officials Steve Shaw was first up at SEC Media Days on Wednesday and talked mostly about kickoffs during his time with the media.
The SEC has made some significant changes to kickoffs this season by moving the point of kick from the 30 to the 35-yard line in an effort to cut down on collisions and hopefully induce more touchbacks. However the conference has also moved the starting point for teams receiving touchbacks from the 20 to the 25-yard line. That move could have teams taking the directional kicking approach in an effort to pin teams deeper.
Shaw discussed a few other changes that mostly deal with players' safety but also said that coaches demeanor on the sidelines will be watched much more closely.
"We have great coaches in this league and we don't think there will be anything here for us," Shaw said. "But I think nationally we've all agreed that anytime the coaches' behavior on the sideline is demeaning to the game we have to deal with it. And we will."
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