Mike Slive used Muhammad Ali quote to defend SEC bragging

SEC commissioner Mike Slive kicked off Day 1 of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, with his usual state of the conference address.

He spoke about the ever-changing landscape of college sports, the future of the league with a new media deal and other big-picture issues.

All of those statements were fine.

However, this wouldn’t be an SEC press conference if Slive didn’t inject some style and bravado into his remarks.

So how about quoting the great Muhammad Ali to defend the SEC’s bragging rights?

With eight straight national title appearances and seven victories in those games, Slive has a point.

For good measure, Slive also quoted Eisenhower, Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

Slive continues push for Big Five autonomy


Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive continued his hard push for NCAA reform, saying the Big Five conferences need more autonomy or they will have to make drastic changes.

Slive’s remarks came at the beginning of the league’s media days on Monday. He said college athletics ”must be willing to make appropriate changes” and that schools are not ”deaf to the din of discontent” surrounding the NCAA.

The SEC has discussed several changes to the current system, including full cost-of-attendance scholarships and providing long-term medical coverage to college athletes. The NCAA’s board of directors will vote on the Big Five’s autonomy request in August.

Slive said he remains optimistic the legislation will pass. The commissioner also discussed the SEC Network, which makes its debut in August.