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Mike Slive Reaffirms

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Mike Slive Reaffirms

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HOOVER | Not "deaf to the din of discontent" surrounding collegiate athletics when it comes to the financial support of student-athletes, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive used his annual spotlight here to reaffirm his league's stance on ending such noise.

Slive reiterated his league's desire for autonomy for the "power- five" conferences in college football -- ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 -- during his address to kick-start SEC Media Days on Monday.

"In the words of former President Dwight David Eisenhower, I quote, 'Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him,'" Slive said. "With Eisenhower's admonition in mind, we have created the initiative to restructure the NCAA in accordance with our vision for the 21st century with the support of student-athletes at its core."

In theory, that change -- allowing the five major conferences to set their own rules amongst themselves -- would allow the bigger programs to create a governing system that would allow those larger schools that can afford to compensate student-athletes on the full cost of attendance to do so.

"The ongoing review of the NCAA governing structure is intended to provide for the introduction of new strategies and new ideas," Slive said. "With a new structure in place, amongst other goals, we seek to support the educational needs of our student-athletes through the provisions of scholarships linked to cost of attendance rather than the historic model of tuition, room and board, fees and books."

The next step comes Aug. 7 when the steering committee on governance issues its final recommendations to the NCAA on autonomy. …

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