Mike Slive talks playoff and a lot more at SEC Media Days
HOOVER, Ala. — SEC Media Days kicked off this afternoon with Mike Slive, who became the league’s commissioner 10 years ago, delivering his annual state-of-the-conference address:
A few quick highlights from Slive’s comments:
- On this summer’s approval (finally) of a college football playoff, which will begin in 2014: “It’s no secret the SEC has supported a four-team seeded playoff, the four best teams, for several years starting in 2004, when an undefeated Auburn, the SEC champion, was left out of the national championship hunt. Now we have a four-team playoff. I’m often asked whether the new format is good for the SEC. The answer is unequivocally yes, and it’s good for college football at the same time. . . . We are now able to provide student athletes and fans with a championship playoff format that not only protects the best regular season in sport, but enhances it.”
- Slive said much work remains to be done on details of the playoff. “That includes the plan for revenue distribution, determining which bowls will be involved, site selection for the national championship game, and the composition of a selection committee.”
- He reiterated the guidelines the selection committee will use to choose and seed playoff teams: “won-lost record, strength of schedule, conference championships and head-to-head competition.”
- The selection process for the playoff “will require conferences and institutions to examine their current non- conference scheduling philosophies balanced against the strength of the conference schedule in which they compete,” Slive said.
- Slive said said he is pleased that the NCAA authorized multi-year scholarships and said it “remains important for us to continue to focus on increasing the amount of a full scholarship … to meet the full cost of attendance.”
- And he alluded to plans for an SEC television network. (See this earlier AJC story for background on that.) Said Slive today: “There has been a whole lot of speculation about Project X. Is it still a secret? I don’t think so. But we now call it Project SEC. Our objective long term to work with our television partner to provide fans with greater access to favored teams, more opportunities to watch rivals, and more insight into who we are: a conference of 14 great universities. I’d love to say more. I know you want me to say more. I won’t say more. I will, though, before I get too much older and before you get too much older.”
- Slive also addressed the Penn State scandal, and AJC columnist Jeff Schultz will have more on that soon. Check back to ajc.com.
More AJC coverage from Media Days:
Missouri, Texas A&M in the spotlight today.
Jeff Schultz’s digi-blog: Welcome to Media Daze.