HOOVER, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Football Media Days kicked off Tuesday – and yes, I’m required to say they “kicked off” – with an address from Commissioner Mike Slive.
Here are a few highlights:
On football’s success: “The SEC won its seventh straight BCS national championship, finished the regular season with six teams ranked in the top 10, the first conference to accomplish such a feat in the history of college football; set a record with 63 NFL Draft picks … and an SEC player was awarded the Heisman Trophy for the fourth time in the last six years.”
On the off-the-field behavior of current and former SEC players: “We are not naïve enough to think we can put an end to all unacceptable behavior. But that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to try, try, try.”
On Scheduling: Slive said a change in format would not come before the 2016 season when it’s possible the league will switch from eight conference games to nine.
On the NCAA: While Slive pledged “support” for the NCAA, he also seemed to take it to task. “Moving forward, there are important questions that need to be answered. For example, what changes need to be made to the NCAA structure to provide significant roles for the stakeholders, the presidents, chancellors, athletic directors, institutional administrators, conference administrators and coaches? What is the proper role, function and composition of the NCAA board of directors? Do we need all of the services provided by the NCAA’s national office, its many committees and task forces, or are some of these services better provided elsewhere.”
In other words, Slive seems to favor the NCAA having less power over the most powerful conference in the land.