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SEC Commissioner Slive Says Conference Currently In Its Golden Age
Published January 9, 2012
In a Q&A with YAHOO SPORTS’ Pat Forde, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “I think historians looking back on this era will call it one of the golden eras of the SEC -- if not the golden era.” He continued, “There’s competitive success, but we’ve also made improvements in other areas. Number One, diversity. Three of our 14 head football coaches in the league are minorities, and there used to be none.” He added, “Number Two, we’ve made significant progress in the area of compliance. … And, of course, we’ve enhanced the financial security of our people over time.” When asked what is on his “to-do list for the next couple of years,” Slive said, “First, we need to integrate Texas A&M and Missouri into the league in all facets. That’s not easy. That takes time. The other is to review our current TV relationships in light of the addition of A&M and Missouri.” Forde asked Slive about the national reaction to some of the NCAA reforms that were initiated by the SEC and if there is “any disappointment that some of them have met resistance.” Slive: “I think [the NCAA] rushed it too much. These are major reforms that are complicated. As with all things athletic, the implementation is more complicated than it might appear, especially for the ADs and compliance people who have to make it work every day.” Slive said it would have been better "for the NCAA were simply to have said, ‘We’re going to do this, and we’re going to do it on such-and-such a date. Be ready to implement on such-and-such a date’” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/8).