50 Most Influential: No. 14 — Mike Slive
Southeastern ConferenceCHANGE FROM 2013: +9
With the inaugural College Football Playoff a month away and the SEC Network successfully launched, Slive found this to be the right time to announce his retirement, which will take effect on July 31. Few administrators have ever matched Slive’s impact on college sports. Remember, the new CFP format is essentially what Slive proposed six years ago with the plus-one model.
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