Powerful SEC Conference Commissioner: Greater Benefits to BCS Athletes Might Require Leaving D-1

Source: Jon Solomon/CBSSports.com

HOOVER, Ala. — Words matter to SEC commissioner Mike Slive. This is the commissioner, after all, who on Monday quoted Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela in a speech before sportswriters.

At SEC Media Days, Slive again brought out the hammer saying that if the Power 5 conferences don’t get the autonomy it wants to provide more benefits to college athletes, a new “venue” would be established for the major schools. At the SEC spring meetings, Slive said there would be a “Division 4” if the NCAA governance structure isn’t passed next month.

“I thought about it again and I thought (the term Division 4) might be too limiting, and I wanted to make the point we would consider other venues, whatever they may be,” Slive said Monday.

Words matter in the NCAA governance structure, too. These are words that both get spoken and go unspoken.  “I think student-athlete well-being is synonymous with autonomy,” Slive said. “Autonomy to some degree sounds a little selfish. It’s not about what we want, it’s about what we want to give.”

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