An SEC school president would have to "consult" with conference commissioner Greg Sankey before hiring a coach involved in past NCAA violations.

The bylaw amended in 2017 came into question with a report that Florida was vetting former Oregon coach Chip Kelly. Tennessee and other SEC programs that could have head coaching openings might also be interested in Kelly.

The current ESPN analyst, charged by the NCAA with failure to monitor, was handed a show-cause penalty in 2013 while at Oregon.

The bylaw doesn't specifically say Sankey would have to approve such a coach. However, SEC Bylaw 19.8.1.2 states, in part, that in regards to any coaching candidate involved with a past "major violation," the hiring SEC president "would have to consult directly with the commissioner prior to offering employment to the individual."

Such a rule would apply if Kelly is a candidate for current SEC openings.
Sources have told CBS Sports that Kelly is "anxious" to get back into coaching.