SEC's Mike Slive to mull future plans

Updated: June 6, 2013, 5:05 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

Mike Slive will make a decision in the coming months whether to remain the SEC's commissioner past his current contract.

Slive said on Wednesday his contract expires in August 2014. He turns 73 on July 26.

"I'll sit down with the league and have a conversation," Slive told ESPN. "It's been a busy, busy year: completing the College Football Playoff, adding A&M and Missouri into the league and getting so we could announce the SEC Network. I haven't had time to think about anything other than the current year.

"As we work toward the summer and fall, I'll have time to think what I would like to do (in the future)."

Slive said his family will play a big part in his decision "as they always have." He also said he will discuss his retirement plans with the league's presidents.

"The presidents are very respectful of the time in my life," Slive said. "We've really not had any conversations (yet). I'm very pleased with how our league gets along together."

The SEC Network, which signed a 20-year deal with ESPN, is scheduled to launch in August 2014 -- the same time that Slive's current contract expires.

SEC presidents, athletic directors and coaches attending last week's SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., said they want Slive to remain commissioner as long as he desires.

A former lawyer, Slive came to the SEC in 2002 after an eight-year stint as commissioner of Conference USA. He also was commissioner of the Great Midwest Conference from 1991 to 1995 and before that was athletic director at Cornell, an associate executive director with the Pac-10 and an assistant AD at Dartmouth.

Under Slive, the SEC has enjoyed unprecedented success and solidified itself as the nation's premier college football league. In Slive's 10-year tenure the SEC has won eight BCS national titles, including the past seven in a row.

Also since Slive's arrival, the league hired its first African-American head football coach and athletic director in conference history.

Last week, at the SEC's spring meetings, the SEC announced it distributed a record $289.4 million in revenue to its 14 conference members. That is more than triple the amount ($95.7 million in 2002) the league earned the year before Slive arrived.

When Slive does retire, sources told ESPN that SEC executive associate commissioner Greg Sankey is the favorite to replace Slive.

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