Monday Morning Update

I am on the road today and tomorrow registering Kyle at Mississippi College. Going to miss my Game Day help this football season.

In the meantime, there’s work going on with Paul Jackson.

Jackson will want to put some weight on this guy, offensive line signee Michael Howard, who celebrated his high school graduation with a land shark:

Hard to believe that summer’s here. It’s also hard to believe, always, how quickly it passes.

This is a big camp week at Ole Miss:

I’ll have some follow-up stories from the SEC Meetings in the days ahead. There wasn’t as much Xs and Os talk as there usually is, but last year one of the big football topics was about Xs and Os and how quickly you could snap the football.

This year the topics were more off the field — Cost of Attendance, Satellite Camps, SEC and NCAA player discipline — and everyone agreed with everyone else for the most part. This was the Kumbaya SEC Business Meetings.

A lot of tears were shed at the Thursday evening awards dinner, I’m told, at the changing of the guard between Mike Slive and Greg Sankey.

Slive looked to be in good health and spirits but looked a little different too.

I like the choice of Greg Sankey as next man up in the big chair for several reasons.

One, when the team is winning big is when you promote from within.

Two, Before the Destin meetings I wrote about the commissioner transition and the need for Sankey to be a “commissioner to everyone.” There’s a lot more money in the bank accounts for Ole Miss and Mississippi State due to the ever-increasing SEC revenue sharing plan.

But as Ole Miss and State have more money, so do Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, etc. There’s still a wide financial gap, and there are different needs and concerns among the smaller-budget schools. Slive was a consensus builder and was aware of this.

Sankey has watched this for 13 years. Ross Bjork and Scott Stricklin both seem very comfortable with his promotion.

That’s important. When someone is writing $31.2 million checks for you it can be unsettling to upset the status quo.

My guess is Sankey would be good in this regard without Slive’s tutelage. Sankey’s background is not from massive athletics departments. He was a long-time employee of the Southland Conference, the last six years as commissioner, before getting to the SEC.

The other thing about Sankey after watching his growing role last week is this. He carries himself like a commissioner. He knows what to say and how to say it.

My guess is he’ll be a consensus builder too and that the SEC handoff won’t be fumbled.

The end of Slive’s tenure won’t be official until the end of July. So, SEC Media Days, July 13-17, will be Slive’s last official act.

I wondered if there would be a big changing of the guard in Destin. I saw some of that. Slive was still pushing buttons, though Sankey addressed questions and issues in the media settings more than Slive did.

I suspect there will be a more formal and visible transition in Hoover.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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