SEC Football

Mike Slive Says He Will Return as SEC Commissioner for 2014-15 Year

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media day in Hoover, Ala. on July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIMarch 4, 2014

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive is one of the most powerful men in collegiate athletics, and he'll reportedly remain so for at least another year.

Jon Solomon of AL.com reported Tuesday that Slive will return as the SEC commissioner for the 2014-15 year, citing some unfinished business still left on his docket:

I've got too much going on. I've got the (SEC) Network to work on. I've got football scheduling to solve. We've got the NCAA restructuring. We've got a lot of important issues to take care of. I wouldn't miss it for the world.

The 73-year-old gave no insight as to when he might step down as the leader of the league that has dominated college football for nearly a decade.

"I'll be here as long as you see me," he told AL.com. "I'll be working until I'm not working."

With the SEC Network set to launch in August, there is plenty of work that Slive understandably wants to see through before he departs.

Slive mentioned last year that he was mulling his future, but even then, he said that the SEC Network and upcoming College Football Playoff were projects he wanted to see through to completion, as Solomon reported in June:

There were certainly big things in my A pile (to complete before retiring): the expansion, the (SEC) network and the BCS and modeling that out to how we hoped it would come out. I have another year to go in my current agreement, and at some point this year we'll sit down and have a conversation and see where we go from there.

With that pile still standing, Slive will be back. He has been the conference's commissioner since 2002, when he left his post atop Conference USA. According to Solomon, he pulled in $1.2 million in compensation for 2012-13.

As much as he has earned, he has brought the league even more. During his tenure, revenue distributed to members has exploded from $95.7 million to $314.5 million, which Solomon detailed in January.

Slive has accomplished a lot during his tenure. On top of the league's dominance in football, it also gained two new members—Missouri and Texas A&M—while preventing other programs from being poached during waves of conference realignment.

As long as Slive is at the helm, the SEC is under exemplary leadership.

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