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  The Standard of Excellence
The Southeastern Conference, with its storied 75-year history of athletic achievements and academic excellence, has built perhaps the greatest tradition of intercollegiate competition of any league in the country since its inception in 1933.

The 2006-07 academic year was another season to remember for the SEC as conference teams captured eight national titles and five national runner-up finishes. The SEC became the first conference to ever win national championships in football, men’s and women’s basketball in the same school year. Since 1990, the SEC has won 121 national team championships for an average of nearly seven per year.

Florida won the SEC’s first national title of the year with its win in the BCS National Championship Game in football. Auburn for the second straight year took home a pair of national titles in both men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Florida won its second national championship when the men’s basketball team repeated as national champions, and the Tennessee Lady Vols made it a sweep in basketball with their women’s basketball national championship. Vanderbilt won its first ever school national championship when the Lady Commodores were crowned national champions of bowling. Georgia capped the year off with a pair of national championships as the Gym Dogs won their third straight gymnastics championship as well as the men’s tennis team who finished off a perfect season with a national championship. Florida finished first among Southeastern Conference schools and sixth overall in the Director’s Cup final standings.

Overall, the SEC finished in the top two in 12 of its 20 sponsored sports and in the top five in 15 of the 20 sports. Nine SEC teams participated in football postseason bowls with Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and South Carolina winning the Cotton, BCS National Title Game, Chick-Fil-A, Music City, Sugar and Liberty Bowls, respectively. Five men’s basketball teams were invited to the NCAA Tournament with Florida winning its second straight NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The SEC has now sent at least one team to the sweet sixteen for 18 straight years. Five women’s basketball teams were also invited to the NCAA Tournament with Tennessee winning the NCAA National Championship and LSU advancing to the Women’s Final Four. The SEC had five teams advance to postseason play in baseball hosting three regionals and one super regional with Mississippi State advancing to the College World Series. With 159 teams advancing to NCAA postseason competition, the SEC continued to solidify its place as the nation’s premier conference.

In addition to the eight team championships, 52 SEC student-athletes garnered individual national championships, while 522 individuals were awarded with First-Team All-American Honors. Student-athletes around the league continued to excel in the classroom as well with over 2,000 earning recognition on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

On the national all-sport level, the SEC placed eleven teams in the top 50 of the NACDA Director’s Cup rankings. Florida led the league with a sixth place finish. Tennessee placed seventh while Georgia was 12th; LSU finished 17th, Auburn 19th, Arkansas 31st, South Carolina 32nd, Vanderbilt 33rd, Alabama 43rd, Kentucky 45th and Ole Miss 49th to round out the league’s top-50 finishes.
A brief sport-by-sport summary of the 2006-07 year follows. Simply click on the desired sport for its description.
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Mississippi State advanced to the College World Series, finishing tied for seventh in Omaha. The SEC earned five NCAA Tournament selections (Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt). Three teams advanced to the Super Regionals with Mississippi State advancing to the CWS. An SEC squad has now appeared in the College World Series 22 of the last 23 years. With a conference record of 22-8, Vanderbilt won the SEC regular season title and went on to win the SEC Tournament Championship with a 7-4 win over Arkansas. Florida’s Matt LaPorta was named SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, while Vanderbilt’s David Price was the unanimous selection for SEC Pitcher of the Year. For the second year in a row, Alabama’s Emeel Saleem earned SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, and Ole Miss’ Jordan Henry was the SEC Freshman of the Year. Vanderbilt skipper Tim Corbin was the unanimous selection as SEC Coach of the Year.
Men's Basketball
Florida won the SEC’s tenth NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship with an 84-75 victory over Ohio State. The SEC sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, including Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The SEC also sent four teams to the NIT Tournament in 2007, including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, with Mississippi State advancing all the way to the semi finals. The 2007 NCAA Tournament marked the 18th straight year the SEC had at least one team advance to the Sweet 16. Florida advanced to its second straight Final Four and capped off its run with its second straight national title. The regular season saw Florida with its 13-3 conference record as the SEC regular-season champion as well as the SEC Tournament Champion for the third straight year. Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings won SEC Coach of the Year honors. Vanderbilt’s Derrick Byars was tabbed the SEC Player of the Year and Florida’s Lee Humphrey earned the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Arkansas’ Patrick Beverley won SEC Freshman of the Year honors and teammate Steven Hill was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award. Florida’s Chris Richard was the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year.
Women's Basketball
Tennessee won the SEC’s seventh NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 59-46 victory over Rutgers. The SEC had five teams earn bids to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 including, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The 2007 Women’s NIT saw four SEC teams participate including, Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State and South Carolina, with Auburn advancing to the elite eight. The 2007 NCAA Tournament was the 14th time in 15 seasons the SEC was represented at the Women’s Final Four. The SEC had two teams in the Final Four which included Tennessee and LSU for their fourth straight appearance. Tennessee’s Candace Parker was named SEC Player of the Year. Pat Summitt of Tennessee garnered SEC Coach of the Year honors, while Georgia’s Ashley Houts was the SEC Freshman of the Year. Arkansas’ Sarah Pfeifer was the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ole Miss’ Armintie Price earned Defensive Player of the Year while Vanderbilt’s Liz Sherwood and Georgia’s Christy Marshall were the SEC Co-Sixth Women of the Year. Tennessee claimed the league title with 14-0 SEC record, while Vanderbilt won the SEC Tournament title.
Men's Cross Country
Arkansas finished in a tie for fifth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in its quest for a fourth national championship in nine years. The SEC sent two other teams to compete in the NCAA Championships, with Florida finishing 21st and Alabama 31st respectively. Arkansas’ men captured their 16th straight SEC crown and their amazing 33rd consecutive conference title, dating back to 17 straight Southwest Conference titles prior to joining the SEC in 1991. Arkansas’ John McDonnell was named SEC Male Cross Country Coach of the Year. The award marked McDonnell’s 12th consecutive honor. Barnabas Kirui of Ole Miss garnered Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors as well as Male Cross Country SEC Freshman of the Year honors.
Women's Cross Country
Arkansas finished fifth to lead the SEC at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The SEC was represented by three other teams at the NCAA Championships with Georgia finishing 15th, Florida 26th and Tennessee 28th. Arkansas was crowned the SEC Champion. Brooke Upshaw of Arkansas was named SEC Cross County Athlete of the Year and her teammate, Dani Parry, took home SEC Freshman of the Year honors. Arkansas head coach Lance Harter earned SEC Female Cross Country Coach of the Year honor.
Florida was the SEC’s sixteenth National Title with a 41-14 victory over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game. The SEC sent eight other teams to postseason bowl games in 2006-2007. For the 26th straight season, the SEC has recorded the largest total attendance figure of any conference in the nation, with over six million fans attending games in the conference in 2006. Six SEC teams were ranked in the final Top 25 of the Associated Press poll. Florida won the SEC Championship game with a 38-28 victory over Arkansas. Florida led the conference in both polls (1st-AP/1st-USA Today/ESPN). LSU (3rd-AP/3rd-USA Today/ESPN), Auburn (9th-AP/8th-USA Today/ESPN), Arkansas (15th-AP/16th-USA Today/ESPN), Tennessee (25th-AP/23rd-USA Today/ESPN) and Georgia (rv-AP/23rd-USA Today/ESPN) were also ranked. Arkansas’ coach Houston Nutt was named SEC Coach of the Year. Darren McFadden of Arkansas garnered SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors. Ole Miss’ Patrick Willis was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Kentucky’s Hayden Lane earned SEC Student-Athlete of the Year honors. John Vaughn of Auburn was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and Florida’s Percy Harvin was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Tennessee’s Arron Sears was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.
Men's Golf
Eight SEC Men’s Golf teams advanced to postseason play with seven making the NCAA Championships. Georgia finished second, Alabama sixth, Florida was tied for ninth, South Carolina was tied for eleventh, Tennessee sixteenth, Vanderbilt was tied for twenty-first and Auburn finished twenty-ninth. Ole Miss also competed in NCAA Regionals. Tennessee won the 2007 SEC Men’s Golf Championship. Auburn’s Patton Kizzire took home individual medalist honors at the SEC Championships. Tennessee’s Jim Kelson earned SEC Coach of the Year honors. Billy Horschel of Florida was named SEC Player of the Year and Alabama’s Joseph Sykora earned the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the second straight year. Georgia’s Hudson Swafford won SEC Freshman of the Year honors.
Women's Golf
Nine SEC Women’s Golf teams advanced to the postseason with five making the NCAA Championships. Vanderbilt finished sixth to lead all SEC teams at the NCAA Championship. Georgia finished 8th, Auburn finished 9th, Tennessee was tied for 17th and Alabama finished 23rd. Arkansas, Florida, LSU and South Carolina participated in NCAA Regionals, as well.. Georgia won the 2007 SEC Women’s Golf Championship and Georgia’s Taylor Leon took home the individual medalist honors. Mic Potter of Alabama and Todd McCorkle of Georgia earned the SEC Co-Coach of the Year Honors. Georgia’s Taylor Leon earned SEC Golfer of the Year honors. Sandra Gal of Florida and Beth Felts of Kentucky tabbed the SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year award. Auburn’s Candace Schepperle garnered SEC Freshman of the Year.
Georgia posted a score of 197.850 to win their third straight National Championship and eighth overall. Florida (197.225) finished third, LSU finished seventh and Alabama was ninth at the Gymnastics Championships. 2007 marked the 23rd consecutive year that the SEC placed at least two teams in the final top five and the 15th consecutive placing three in the top 10. Georgia’s Courtney Kupets won the all-around title for the second year in a row posting an overall score of 39.750. Alabama’s Terin Humphrey won the uneven bars title, while teammate Morgan Dennis took home the floor title. Florida (197.325) claimed its first SEC title since 1989 and its sixth overall. Georgia’s Katie Heenan earned SEC Athlete of the Year honors. Florida’s Amanda Castillo was named SEC Freshman of the Year and Auburn’s Julie Dwyer was named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn was named the SEC Coach of the Year.
Five teams, including Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt appeared in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, marking the 40th appearance by SEC teams in the NCAA Tournament. Both the Lady Gators of Florida and the Lady Vols of Tennessee saw the best success for the SEC advancing all the way to the third round. The Lady Gators were also the SEC Champion after posting a 7-1-3 regular-season mark, however is was the Kentucky Lady Wildcats who made a run and won the SEC Soccer Tournament Title. Kentucky’s Anne Ogundele was named MVP of the SEC Tournament. Kentucky’s Warren Lipka was honored as the SEC Couch of the Year. Tennessee’s Kylee Rossi was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Auburn’s Ronda Brooks was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Lyndsey Williams of Ole Miss and Ali Christoph of Tennessee earned the Co-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and Carrie Patterson of Georgia was the SEC Freshman of the Year.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee represented the league in the NCAA Tournament, with Tennessee advancing to the Women’s College World Series and the Lady Vols finishing second. Alabama, Florida, LSU and South Carolina all advanced to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee was the SEC Regular Season Champion, as LSU claimed the SEC Tournament Championship. Tennessee’s Ralph and Karen Weekly were named SEC Co-Coach of the Year. Tennessee’s India Chiles earned SEC Player of the Year honors. Tennessee’s Monica Abbott earned SEC Pitcher of the Year, while teammate Lindsay Schutzler earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Mississippi State’s Chelsea Bramlett was tabbed SEC Freshman of the Year.
Men's Swimming & Diving
The Auburn men’s swim team won their fifth straight and seventh overall national title at the NCAA Championships. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee all finished in the top 30. Auburn won its 11th straight SEC Championship and 13th in 14 years. Sebastien Rouault of Georgia was named SEC Men’s Swimmer of the Year and Diver of the Year was Auburn’s Steven Segerlin. Taking home the Men’s Freshman Swimmer of the Year award was Roland Rudolf of Florida and the SEC Men’s Freshman Diver of the Year honor was awarded to Dan Mazzaferro of Auburn. Florida’s Kevin Nead was also honored as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Florida’s Gregg Troy and Auburn’s Jeff Shaffer earned the men’s awards as SEC Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year, respectively.
Women's Swimming & Diving
Auburn won its fifth women’s NCAA Championship in the last six years with 535 points. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and Tennessee all finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships. Georgia’s Kara Lynn Joyce was named SEC Women’s Swimmer of the Year for the second straight season while Taryn Ignacio of Kentucky earned Women’s Diver of the Year for the third straight season. Ava Ohlgren of Auburn was tabbed Women’s Freshman Swimmer of the Year. LSU’s Rachel Ware claimed the corresponding award for a freshman diver. David Marsh and Dorsey Tierney-Walker of Auburn were named Co-Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year and Mike Lyden of Kentucky won Women’s Diving Coach of the Year. Auburn’s Kara Denby was honored as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Men's Tennis
The University of Georgia capped off its perfect season by winning the Tennis NCAA National Championship. The SEC was represented by seven other teams including Alabama, Florida, LSU and Ole Miss who made it to the Round of 16 and Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt who all advanced to the second round respectively. The SEC has now had a team in the semifinals 14 of the last 15 years. Georgia won both the SEC Championship and SEC Tournament titles for the second consecutive season. Billy Pate of Alabama and Manuel Diaz of Georgia received SEC Co-Coach of the Year honors. John Isner of Georgia was tabbed as the SEC Player of the Year for the second straight year, while Jesse Levine of Florida was named SEC Freshman of the Year. LSU’s Kevin Dessauer earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Women's Tennis
Eight SEC teams advanced to NCAA postseason action with Florida and Georgia moving onto the quarter finals at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships. The six other SEC schools to join them in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships were Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Florida and Georgia were the Co-SEC Champions with a 10-1 regular season mark but it was the Lady Bulldogs who went on to win the SEC Tournament title. Georgia’s Jeff Wallace earned SEC Coach of the Year honors. Megan Falcon of LSU garnered SEC Player of the Year honors. Georgia’s Yvette Hyndman was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Tennessee’s Blakely Griffith received SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Men's Indoor Track & Field
The SEC sent eight teams to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with Auburn, Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee all finishing in the top 10. The four other SEC teams that were represented included Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina. Arkansas’ claimed its 14th SEC indoor championship in 16 tries since entering the league in 1992. Georgia’s Ian Burrell claimed SEC Men’s Runner of the Year. Auburn’s Corey Martin was named the SEC Men’s Field Event Athlete of the Year. Alabama’s Emmanuel Bor was tabbed as the SEC Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year. Florida’s Mike Morrison earned the SEC Men’s Freshman Field Event Athlete of the Year, while John McDonnell of Arkansas was named SEC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Women's Indoor Track & Field
The SEC had four teams finish in the top 5 at the NCAA Indoor Championships with LSU finishing National Runner-up followed by Tennessee, Georgia, and Auburn finishing third, forth, and fifth. Tennessee claimed its second SEC Indoor Track and Field title in three years tailing up 120 points to hold off defending champion Georgia. Patricia Sylvester of Georgia was tabbed as the SEC Women’s Field Event Athlete of the Year. Florida’s Shara Proctor was named SEC Women’s Freshman Field Event Athlete of the Year. J.J. Clark of Tennessee was named SEC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Auburn’s Kerron Stewart was named the SEC Women’s Runner of the Year and LSU’s Latavia Thomas was tabbed SEC Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year.
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
LSU was the National Runner-up at the NCAA Championships, posting 48 points. Auburn and Tennessee posted top five finishes, with the Tigers (34 points) taking third and the Vols (31 points) forth. The SEC sent six other teams to the NCAA Championships including Ole Miss, Georgia and Mississippi State finishing in the top-30. Florida, South Carolina, and Arkansas finished tied for 34th, tied for 34th and 62nd respectively. Tennessee scored 129.5 points to win the SEC Track Championship and end the run of Arkansas’ four straight titles. Tennessee Head Coach Bill Webb was named 2007 SEC Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year. Ole Miss distance runner Barnabas Kirui was named Men’s Runner of the Year, while Auburn and Florida took home a pair of awards. Auburn’s Cory Martin was named Field Athlete of the Year and Donald Thomas was named Scholar Athlete of the Year. Florida freshman Calvin Smith was named Freshman Runner of the Year, while Mike Morrison was named Freshman Field Athlete of the Year.
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
The SEC was well represented at the NCAA Championships with a total of nine teams in which LSU post the best result of 53 points earning themselves a National Runner-up. Of the other eight teams which the SEC sent, Georgia (9th), Auburn (T12th), South Carolina (T12th), Arkansas (15th), Alabama (T21st), Ole Miss (T27th) and Tennessee (T27th) all finished in the top-30 with Florida finishing tied for 46th respectively. The LSU women advanced from sixth place following the conclusion of Saturday’s events to win the championship with 139.5 points. LSU’s Dennis Shaver was named 2007 SEC Women’s Track and Field Coach of the Year; while Auburn’s Kerron Stewart took home Runner of the Year Honors and Ole Miss’s Britney Reese was named Field Athlete of the Year. Nia Ali of Tennessee was named SEC Freshman Runner of the Year and Florida’s Mariam Kevkhishvili was named Freshman Field Athlete of the Year. Georgia’s Natalie Picchetti and South Carolina’s Natasha Hastings were named Co-Scholar Athletes of the Year.
The SEC sent a record-breaking seven teams to the NCAA Tournament as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee earned bids tournament berths. It marks the 17th straight year of sending at least two teams to NCAA postseason play. Florida advanced the furthest in the tournament but fell in the Regional Semi-Finals 3-1 against Minnesota. Florida also claimed both the regular-season and tournament championships for the second straight season, as LSU was crowned Western Division Champions. Florida’s Angie McGinnis was named SEC Player of the Year, while teammate Elyse Cusack was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Kentucky’s Sarah Rumely was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of Year. Ole Miss Head Coach Joe Getzin was named the 2005 SEC Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year. Auburn claimed the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award with Rachel Shanks earning the honor.

  Mike Slive, Commissioner
From his early days as an athletic administrator to his current post as commissioner, Mike Slive has maintained an integral role in the ever-changing world of intercollegiate athletics. He was named the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference on July 2, 2002.

In August of 2005, Slive had his contract extended with the SEC until July 31, 2009.

"I am pleased that the Presidents have extended my contract as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference," said Slive. "Through the efforts of our institutions and our conference office staff, we have been able to meet the goals, objectives and challenges that continue to make the SEC one of the nation's top intercollegiate athletic conferences. I look forward to working with our institutions in continuing to make the Southeastern Conference a place where our student-athletes can achieve excellence in their athletic and academic endeavors."

Since becoming SEC Commissioner, Slive has created committees within the SEC that are designed to assist member institutions in the operations of its athletics departments as well as how athletics operations fit within the academic mission of universities. Slive was instrumental in the development of the Sportsmanship and Fan Behavior Summit, a national forum held in February 2003, which brought together athletic, community and civic leaders as well as specialists to talk about sportsmanship and how to prevent inappropriate fan behavior. Slive also has developed an initiative to ensure gender and ethnic diversity in the SEC.

During his tenure, the SEC office has distributed a database to its institutions containing the names and biographies of every minority Division I Bowl Subdivision and National Football League head and assistant coach. The SEC Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement issued its first report to the league at the 2004 SEC Spring Meetings. The task force developed policies and procedures to assist league schools in NCAA & SEC compliance and enforcement matters.

In 2002-03, Slive served on the Commission of Athletic Opportunity, set up by the U.S. Secretary of Education to review the workings of Title IX. He was one of 15 panelists that consisted of former and current student-athletes, athletic and academic administrators and college professors from around the nation.

The creation of the SEC Academic Consortium, a program to increase academic cooperation across the league by linking the resources of the dozen universities in the SEC, was announced in 2005. The SEC created a partnership with The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University to implement the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at each of the 12 SEC institutions.

As Commissioner of the SEC, Slive has been instrumental in the operations of the Bowl Championship Series. He began a two-year stint as coordinator of the BCS in January 2007.

Since his arrival in Birmingham, Slive has not passed up many opportunities to speak to community, civic and business groups about the positive attributes of intercollegiate athletics and the SEC.

Prior to joining the SEC, Slive was the Commissioner of Conference USA. He was named the first-ever commissioner of the newly-formed league on April 24, 1995. Under his direction, Conference USA quickly emerged as one of the nation's top conferences.

Slive served as chair of the first NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee and is presently on the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee. He served as president of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) from 2001-03, was also on the NCAA Management Council from 1997-2004 and is the former chair of the Board of Directors of NCAA Football USA. He is on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Marquette Sports Law Institute. He begins his fourth year on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee.

The 66-year old Slive has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association from 1997-2001 and was chair of the Division I-A Commissioners from 1999-2001. He also was a member of the NCAA Division I Working Group to Study Basketball Issues in 1998-99. He was named to the Division I Men's Basketball Academic Enhancement Group during the summer of 2007.

Slive has an extensive administrative and legal background in intercollegiate athletics. He served as commissioner of the Great Midwest Conference since its formation in 1991, and played a pivotal role in the Great Midwest becoming one of the most successful and exciting conferences in the nation in the 1990's.

His previous athletic administrative experiences include: assistant director of athletics at Dartmouth College (1968-69), assistant Executive Director of the Pacific-10 Conference (1979-81), and Director of Athletics at Cornell University (1981-83), prior to developing his sports practice specializing in representing colleges and universities in athletic-related matters.

A native of Utica, N.Y., Slive was senior partner and founder of the Mike Slive-Mike Glazier Sports Group. Prior to the formation of the Slive-Glazier Sports Group in 1990, Slive was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Coffield Ungaretti Harris & Slavin. He operated his own practice in Hanover, N.H., and served as judge of the Hanover District Court from 1972-77.

Slive graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School in 1965 and an LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1966.

Slive and his wife, Elizabeth, are the parents of a daughter, Anna, who was the executive director of the Atlanta Local Organizing Committee of the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four.

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December 8-9, 1932
At the annual Southern Conference meeting in Knoxville, Tenn., the 13 members west and south of the Appalachian Mountains reorganized as the Southeastern Conference.
November 30, 1933
Alabama defeats Vanderbilt 7-0 to finish 5-0-1 in the conference and capture the SEC's first football title.
August 21, 1940
Martin S. Conner, former governor of Mississippi, takes office as the first commissioner of the SEC in Jackson, Miss.
February 21, 1948
Former LSU coach Bernie H. Moore appointed the SEC's second commissioner and conference office moves to Birmingham, Ala.
October 20, 1951
The Alabama-Tennessee football game, played at Birmingham's Legion Field, becomes the first televised event in SEC history.
April 1, 1966
A.M. (Tonto) Coleman succeeds Moore as the conference's third commissioner.
August 1, 1972
Dr. H. Boyd McWhorter becomes the league's fourth commissioner.
January 1, 1977
The SEC begins its long-standing agreement with the Sugar Bowl to send its champion to New Orleans as Georgia faced Pittsburgh.
July, 1983
The SEC signs agreement with the Turner Broadcasting System to begin airing a "Game of the Week" beginning in the fall of 1984.
March 26, 1986
The SEC and Jefferson-Pilot Teleproductions signed a contract to televise basketball games on a syndicated basis throughout the region. In February, 1992, the SEC continued its relationship with JP sports announcing a four-year agreement to televise an SEC football game of the week.
September 15, 1986
Dr. Harvey W. Schiller succeeds McWhorter as SEC Commissioner.
January 10, 1990
Roy F. Kramer becomes the conference's sixth commissioner.
May 31, 1990
SEC presidents unanimously recommend that the commissioner be authorized to enter discussions with interested institutions for the purpose of expansion.
August 1, 1990
Arkansas accepts invitation to become the SEC's 11th member.
September 25, 1990
South Carolina accepts invitation to become 12th member of the SEC.
November 29, 1990
SEC presidents announce divisions and vote to adopt an eight-game football schedule to begin in 1992.
May 30, 1991
SEC presidents award the inaugural SEC Football Championship Game to the city of Birmingham.
February 27, 1992
SEC signs agreement with Jefferson Pilot Sports to televise SEC football games annually through the 1995 season. On November 7, 1994, the League extended its agreement with JP Sports through the 2000 season.
April 15, 1992
ABC Sports announces a four-year contract to nationally televise the SEC Football Championship Game. On October 13, 1994, ABC extended its agreement with the conference to televise the Championship Game through 2000.
December 5, 1992
SEC hosts the nation's first Division IA conference football championship game at Legion Field. Alabama defeats Florida 28-21 to win the 1992 SEC crown and the league's USF&G Sugar Bowl berth.
February 11, 1994
SEC announces multi-sport television agreement with CBS Sports to televise SEC football (1996-2001), men's basketball and women's basketball (1994-95 through 2000-2001).
February 25, 1994
SEC announces that the membership has voted to play the 1994 and 1995 Football Championship Games in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. On June 1, 1995, the conference extended the agreement with the Georgia Dome through 1998 and on May 29, 1997, the SEC further extended the agreement through 2001.
August 4, 1994
A group of Division I-A conferences, including the SEC, select the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowls as hosts for the Bowl Alliance games beginning at the conclusion of the 1995 regular season. For the first time since the 1976 season, the SEC champion will not contractually serve as the host team in the Sugar Bowl.
February 2, 1998
SEC announces it has reached a multi-year extension with CBS Sports to broadcast its football and men's and women's basketball games. Beginning in 2001, CBS expanded its SEC football commitment and provides exclusive national network broadcasts of SEC home games and its basketball coverage will continue to expand nationally.
June 7, 1999
SEC announces it has reached a multi-year extension with ESPN to televise football and men's and women's basketball for the next eight seasons.
December 6, 2001
The SEC and CBS Sports announce an agreement for the network to televise the SEC Football Championship Game each year through 2008.
March 12, 2002
Roy F. Kramer announces his retirement as the SEC's sixth commissioner, effective when a new commissioner is named. During his tenure as the SEC commissioner, the league won 85 national championships and the league distributed more than $654 million back to its member institutions.
July 2, 2002
Michael L. Slive becomes the seventh Commissioner of the SEC.
June 4, 2004
The SEC Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement issues its report at the 2004 SEC Spring Meetings. The report is unanimously accepted by the 12 member institutions calls for having none of its schools on NCAA probation within the next five years.
February 23, 2005
SEC announces the formation of its Academic Consortium, which will link academic resources of its 12 member institutions.
June 1, 2007
SEC announces it will distribute a league-record $122.0 million back to the 12 member institutions under the 2006-2007 revenue sharing plans.

Commisioner Mike Slive's Personal Profile

  • Full Name: Michael Lawrence Slive
  • Born: July 26, 1940
  • Hometown: Utica, N.Y.
  • Family: Wife: Elizabeth
  • Daughter: Anna
  • Undergraduate: Dartmouth College - B.A., 1962
  • Graduate: University of Virginia - JD, 1965
  • Georgetown University - LLM, 1966
  • E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship in Trial Advocacy
  Athletic Administration Experience
  • 1968-1969 Assistant Director of Athletics, Dartmouth College
  • 1979-1981 Assistant Executive Director, Pacific-10 Conference
  • 1981-1983 Director of Athletics, Cornell University
  • 1991-1995 Commissioner, Great Midwest Conference
  • 1995-2002 Commissioner, Conference USA
  • 2002- Commissioner, Southeastern Conference
  Legal Experience
  • 1969-77 Partner, Stebbins & Bradley, Hanover, N.H.
  • 1972-77 Judge of Hanover (N.H.) District Court
  • 1977-79 Judicial Master & Clerk of Grafton County (N.H.) Superior Court
  • 1983-86 Founder, Law Offices of Michael L. Slive, Hanover, N.H.
  • 1986-91 Partner, Coffield Ungaretti & Harris, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1990-91 Senior Partner and Founder, Slive-Glazier Sports Group, Chicago, Ill. & Kansas City, Mo.
  Membership on Boards and Committees
  • NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee (Chair) [1993-02]
  • National Letter of Intent Appeals Committee (Chair) [1993-02]
  • Sports Lawyers Association (Board of Directors) [1997-2001]
  • Commission on Athletic Opportunity (Reviewing Title IX)
  • NCAA Management Council [1997-04]
  • NCAA Football USA (Chair, Board of Directors) [1998- 03]
  • NCAA Division I Working Group to Study Basketball Issues [1998-99]
  • Division I-A Commissioners (Chair) [1999-2001]
  • Board of Advisors of Marquette Sports Law Institute [1999- ]
  • Collegiate Commissioners Association (President) [2001-03]
  • National Letter of Intent Steering Committee [2002-]
  • NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee [2004- ]
  • Bowl Championship Series Coordinator [2006-]
  • Division I Men’s Basketball Academic Enhancement Group [2007- ]