Former SEC chief Mike Slive dies at 77
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).