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Big 12's Bob Bowlsby Looks To Usher In New Era; Will SEC's Slive Retire?
Published June 6, 2013
SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? In Birmingham, Jon Solomon noted SEC Commissioner Mike Slive over the next year “will determine if he wants to continue as commissioner beyond" '13-14. Slive said that he is “in no rush to decide.” He has one year remaining on his contract, with the SEC Network and College Football Playoff both set to “launch after Slive's contract expires” in ’14. He will have “served 12 years as commissioner when his current contract expires next summer.” Slive in recent years has been “working on shorter two-year contracts.” Auburn President Jay Gogue said, "It's probably not unusual for somebody his age to say, 'I feel good right now, my family is healthy, I feel good for another year or two years.’ A longterm contract when you reach a certain age is probably not the sort of thing you want to do." Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said that he “hopes Slive remains commissioner when the conference network starts" in '14. Slive over the past year “reorganized the SEC office to focus on bigger-picture issues.” Greg Sankey was promoted to executive associate commissioner and “has run the daily operations of the SEC office.” Gogue said that the SEC would “continue to be stable without Slive, whose greatest strength … is building consensus” (AL.com, 6/4). ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy cited sources as saying that Sankey “is the favorite to replace Slive” (ESPN.com, 6/5).