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Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive dies

Former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive died Wednesday after a lengthy illness, according to ESPN.

Slive, 77, announced he was beginning treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer shortly before he retired as SEC commissioner in July 2015. He said he’d been first diagnosed with the disease in the late 1990s. He had been working as a consultant to the SEC since his retirement.

He had been working as a consultant to the SEC since his retirement.

Under Slive’s watch, SEC football teams won an unprecedented seven consecutive Bowl Championship Series national titles from 2006 to 2012, the league’s footprint was expanded by adding new members Missouri and Texas A&M through expansion in 2012, and it became the richest conference in college sports by launching the SEC Network two years later.

In a statement released Wednesday, the SEC said that “Slive oversaw a remarkable era of success in the SEC while helping shape the landscape of college sports as a national leader in college sports.”

Our condolences to Slive’s family, friends and colleagues.

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