Greg Sankey

Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey, seen in this undated file photo, says the commissioner's office will in future have broader powers to reschedule games.

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HOOVER, Ala. — Discussion of protests in Baton Rouge over the shooting death of Alton Sterling is sweeping the nation. That includes the Southeastern Conference office.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey made a phone call to LSU President F. King Alexander last week to discuss the events in Louisiana’s capital city, the commissioner said Monday, the first day of SEC media days.

“Had a good conversation,” Sankey told The Advocate. “He’s a leader who is attentive to the issues and has been engaged and will be engaged in the community.”

Sankey said he’s monitoring the situation in Baton Rouge, where more than 150 people have been arrested over the past few days while protesting the shooting death of Sterling. Sankey declined when asked about specifics of his discussion with Alexander but said the president “talked about his activity locally, activity on campus.”

In his opening statements at SEC media days, Sankey addressed the protests, not specific to Baton Rouge.

“This is one of those times in our nation where we weep, we mourn, for those families and cities who have experienced loss,” he said.

SEC Network takeover

The SEC Network has set its “takeover” dates for later this month, with LSU’s day set for July 21.

Each summer, the network gives virtually an entire day of programming to each of the SEC’s 14 schools. LSU’s takeover date will include re-airing of games such as LSU’s 2004 Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma for the BCS title, its 2008 BCS championship game victory over Ohio State and the 1990 LSU-Loyola Marymount basketball game.

Mac impressed

Add Florida coach Jim McElwain to the list of people who praised the Saturday night atmosphere in Tiger Stadium.

“That atmosphere was something special,” he said. “It was tough running out of that tunnel.”

McElwain’s Gators lost a thrilling 35-28 contest to LSU on Oct. 17. The teams meet this season Oct. 8 in Gainesville.

White, Adams on watch list

LSU defensive backs Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams landed on more award watch lists Monday.

White and Adams are on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, an award that’s presented each season to the best defensive back in college football. Adams is on four watch lists, including the Nagurski, Lott and Bednarik. White is on the Nagurski and Bednarik, too.