When Mike Slive took over as the SEC’s commissioner he made it clear that he wanted to clean up the league’s reputation and get every conference program off NCAA probation within five years. He came darn near close to doing just that, too.
But unfortunately, all the good work done in the mid-2000s has now been flushed away. In the past few months the national spotlight has fallen on the SEC for negative reasons. Tennessee’s Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin, Auburn’s Cam Newton and Cecil Newton, Columbia’s The Whitney Hotel. Akiem Hicks at LSU, Brent Calloway at Alabama, the HBO Four down on The Plains. Eric Bledsoe’s pre-Kentucky transcript. AJ Green’s sold Georgia jersey. Scott Moore’s alleged audio tapes. FBI wiretaps. Street agents and runners and recruiting services.
Bad, bad, bad and bad.