Former SEC chief Mike Slive dies at 77

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SCOREBOARD -

Mike Slive, the former South­east­ern Con­fer­ence com­mis­sioner who guided the league through a pe­riod of un­prece­dented suc­cess and pros­per­ity, died Wed­nes­day. He was 77.

The South­east­ern Con­fer­ence said Mr. Slive died in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., where he lived with his wife of 49 years,

Liz. The con­fer­ence didn’t pro­vide the cause of death.

Mr. Slive re­tired in 2015 af­ter 13 years as com­mis­sioner. He was bat­tling prostate can­cer at the time he stepped down.

Mr. Slive re­placed Roy Kramer as SEC com­mis­sioner in 2002, com­ing from Con­fer­ence USA to help clean up an SEC that was be­set by NCAA com­pli­ance is­sues. Soon af­ter the SEC be­came the most pow­er­ful con­fer­ence in col­lege foot­ball, win­ning seven straight na­tional cham­pi­onships and land­ing tele­vi­sion con­tracts worth bil­lions.

Mr. Slive played a piv­otal role in the cre­ation of the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off and was the driv­ing force be­hind the launch of the SEC Net­work.

Andy John­son, who starred as Ge­or­gia’s quar­ter­back be­fore go­ing on to play run­ning back with the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots for nine sea­sons, has died af­ter a long ill­ness. He was 65. Mr. John­son took over as the Bull­dogs’ start­ing quar­ter­back in 1971 and led the team to an 11-1 record that in­cluded a Ga­tor Bowl vic­tory.

Duke has re­in­stated kicker-pun­tert Austin Parker to the team, five months af­ter he was kicked off. Parker was dis­missed from the team be­fore the Quick Lane Bowl in De­cem­ber af­ter he was sus­pended from school for vi­o­lat­ing un­spec­i­fied univer­sity aca­demic pol­icy.

The Hamp­ton Univer­sity sched­ule, which in­cludes six home dates, will fea­ture road matchups with two teams that made the NCAA play­offs last sea­son — Mon­mouth (Sept. 8) and North­ern Iowa (Sept. 22).

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