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SEC's Slive a diplomat for BCS change

Updated: June 4, 2008, 3:01 PM ET
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mike Slive is an avid reader who likes a good cigar and Winston Churchill.

The Southeastern Conference commissioner is a strong-willed former lawyer and judge who is not so old-fashioned when it comes to ideas for changing college football's method of settling its national championship.

His proposal for a four-team scramble -- Slive avoids the "dreaded P-word," playoff -- was rejected by Football Bowl Subdivision conference commissioners in May. That means the BCS ...

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