This is the last SEC business session with Mike Slive as commissioner.
When Slive’s retirement — effective at the end of July — was announced Greg Sankey was not elevated without discussion, but it was understood that Slive’s right hand man would be a strong and viable candidate and likely the next commissioner.
It’s quite common to promote the assistant coach when the team has been winning big, and that’s what the SEC has been doing lately.
The league’s grip on football national championships has loosened a bit, but its grip on dollars and market share is still strong.
One item during the Slive-Sankey transition that concerns Ole Miss is this: Will Sankey be a “commissioner to all” relative to the smaller budget schools. His background kind of says yes today, and that’s the feeling shared here by Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork and MSU AD Scott Stricklin.