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SEC’s Greg Sankey: Wave of NCAA waivers ‘creates difficulties’

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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 13: Greg Sankey the new commissioner of the SEC talks to the media before the quaterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey says it’s too early to tell for sure if the transfer portal is a net positive for college athletics.

He doesn’t need more data to see that the NCAA is not denying as many waiver requests for athletes wanting to head to another school.

“That’s a bit of an understatement there,” Sankey said Monday at a regional meeting of the Associated Press Sports Editors at league headquarters. “I think that creates difficulties for everyone involved.

“There are a lot of waivers granted. I have not monitored the percentage.”

It’s just one part of what he calls an “ongoing dialogue” regarding transfer rules, including graduate transfers.