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Slive opens SEC Media Days

July 17, 2012


HOOVER, Ala. – The Wynfrey Hotel is once again home to the unofficial kickoff to the college football season called Southeastern Conference Media Days.

The gathering of over 1,100 media types set to grill the league’s head coaches and top athletes began Tuesday afternoon with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive addressing the media.

Slive hit on several topics that interested the media and were passed on to fans across the southeast.

SEC documentary
featuring Sylvester Croom

Slive announced the "SEC on ESPN" documentary series continues this fall and features former Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom.

“This fall you will see one of four," Slive said. "It's about former Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom, the first African-American head football coach in our league."

When Slive began his tenure as SEC commissioner 10 years ago, the conference had no minority head football coaches. Today, there are three minority head football coaches and eight minority head basketball coaches.

“I am very grateful that the hiring of minority coaches in the Southeastern Conference is no longer a story," Slive said. "It is simply part of who we are."

SEC = Championships

The Southeastern Conference is home to the past six BCS national champions, leaving little room for argument on the nation’s top conference.

In fact over the past 10 years, the SEC has claimed 62 national titles in 16 of the 20 sports in which it competes.

“In terms of maintaining our preeminent competitive success, the numbers speak for themselves,” said Slive. “This year alone, as you all know, we won nine national championships with seven national champions runners-up.”

SEC Television Network

The league continues to work toward developing a SEC Television Network with its various TV partners.

Currently the league is in roughly 80 million households for the Saturday morning football game and would like to see that number expanded.

“Our objective long-term is to work with our television partner to provide fans with greater access to favored teams, more opportunities to watch rivals, and more insight into who we are:  a conference of 14 great universities,” Slive added.

College football playoff

Fans of college football are certainly excited given the recent news of a four-team playoff system adopted by the NCAA.

Some have speculated the move may not be in the best interest of the SEC due to the potential criteria of the selection committee.

Slive disagrees.

“I'm often asked whether the new format is good for the SEC," Slive said. "The answer is unequivocally yes, and it's good for college football at the same time. The commissioners developed this model over a six-year period with a lot of give-and-take.  Each of us tried to balance our responsibilities to our league and to the great game of football as a whole. We found ways to come together.”

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