Media Days: SLIVE SPEAKS
I forgot that Mike Slive, the SEC's commish, is speaking first.
So let's hear what he has to say:
- The 86 Southeastern Conference games played last season drew 6.5 million fans. That's a 76,000 average.
- The SEC had 49 players drafted last season.
- On disciplinary troubles: "The problematic behavior of few casts a dark cloud over many."
- He goes on to discuss players who have done great things. First up was Jordan Anderson, the Auburn swimmer who was named a Rhodes Scholar.
- He acknowledged the Alabama/Dareus situation and provided a little information about how the SEC requires the school to provide an extensive review. "It's difficult, if not impossible, for institutions to know what might have taken place."
- "It is time to re-examine the NCAA rules that relate to agents. This is a national problem that requires a national agent strategy for agents -- from enforcement to an assistance-based issue."
- "We in the SEC look forward to being active participants in this review."
- On expansion: "As it turned out, the paradigm shift never materialized. In the future, there may be continued interest in conference expansion by some."
- He spoke/memorialized Myles Brand, the NCAA president who died suddenly last year.
- This will be Slive's ninth season with the league.
- That's a wrap.