Unlike their professional sports counterparts, collegiate athletics commissioners are often overlooked. A rare exception to that general rule was former SEC commissioner Mike Slive.
During Slive’s 13-year run as the head of the conference, the SEC saw an unprecedented amount of success. After taking over in 2002, Slive oversaw seven straight national champions in football, expanded the conference to 14 teams by adding Missouri and Texas A&M, and helped create the SEC Network, now a cash cow for the conference’s athletic departments.
Unfortunately, Slive stepped down in 2015 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. For much of the past couple of years, Slive has fought that battle as Greg Sankey has taken over his post as SEC commissioner. On Wednesday, however, Slive got some great news: According to Rick Karle of WBRC in Birmingham, Slive is ‘all clear‘ in regards to his health.
Though he is not expected to be involved with the SEC on a regular basis going forward, this still is great news for Slive and his family. At 76 years old, he hopefully has many years left in him in which to watch the fruits of his labor continue to blossom on fields and courts across the conference.