It’s a very sad day in the SEC as former conference commissioner Mike Slive passed away on Wednesday, the SEC announced. Slive was 77.
Slive served as the commissioner of the SEC from 2002-15, during which time the SEC had unprecedented success when it came to college football. He was the conference’s seventh commissioner.
A memorial for Slive will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Birmingham, Ala. In lieu of flowers, Slive’s family has asked for donations to the Mike Slive Foundation at www.MikeSliveFoundation.org, which goes to prostate cancer research. Slive was a prostate cancer survivor.
We are saddened to share that former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has passed away at the age of 77.
Our thoughts & prayers go out to Commissioner Slive's family. pic.twitter.com/9mxKDVWvor
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 16, 2018
According to the SEC news release, Slive “led the adoption of a new and effective league-wide NCAA compliance initiative, engineered landmark television contracts, including the launch of the SEC Network and guided through the conference through expansion, welcoming two new institutions.” Those two schools were Texas A&M and Missouri, which joined the conference in 2012.
Prior to serving as the SEC commissioner, Slive was the commissioner for Conference USA and served from 1995-2002. Slive took over for Roy Kramer as SEC commissioner and was replaced by Greg Sankey, who remains in the position.
During his time as commissioner, the SEC won 81 national championships, including titles in football in 2003 and 2006-12. Prior to working in college athletics, Slive served as a judge and attorney and earned degrees from Dartmouth, Georgetown and Virginia.
Slive also played a key role in creating the College Football Playoff and in efforts “to reorganize the NCAA for the purpose of creating a governance structure that provides maximum opportunities for student-athletes.” He also served as the coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series (2006-08), the chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (2008-09) and as on the first NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee.
Slive is survived by his wife of 49 years, Liz; daughter Anna; son-in-law Judd Harwood; and granddaughter Abigail who is 5.