SEC boss Slive outlines 'agenda for change'

Mike Slive

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Slive spent much of his time at last year's SEC Media Days reacting to breaking news of an agent scandal. On Wednesday, the SEC commissioner came out swinging with a proactive "agenda for change" in his annual state-of-the-conference address.

Slive outlined four areas that have "key issues we believe need attention" in college football.

The plan:

Slive did not take questions and did not specifically address NCAA investigations into the Auburn and South Carolina football programs and the Tennessee football and basketball programs. He did not comment on the one-year probation the NCAA handed LSU on Tuesday for football recruiting violations.

Expanding on his ideas, Slive said it's "time to push the re-set button on recruiting." For instance, he wants to get rid of rules prohibiting social media and texting contact between coaches and recruits.

The NCAA rulebook, Slive said, should be a "greatly streamlined manual that covers only enforceable violations."


There was some speculation that Slive's announcement might have to do with expansion, considering all the buzz about Big Ten growth. Texas and Texas A&M are well established on the SEC wish list. ESPN's Chris Low guesses that Florida State and Clemson are the next most likely targets.

Muschamp's debut

First-year Florida head coach Will Muschamp was asked how "Georgia guy" is faring in Gator Nation.

"I'm a Florida guy," the former Bulldogs player said.

Muschamp also was reminded that an 8-5 season doesn't go over well in Gainesville. Particularly not when it followed a lot of off-field incidents.

"Yeah," he said. "They told me. We talk to our team all the time about winning championships on and off the field."

Good Works Team

USC running back Kenny Miles is one of six SEC players nominated for the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, an honor for community service involvement.

Reach Gene Sapakoff at 937-5593.