The University of Alabama athletic department issued two statements Wednesday evening on the passing of former SEC commissioner Mike Slive:
“We express our deepest sympathies to the Slive family. Commissioner Slive was one of the most impactful leaders to positively shape college athletics, and so many universities, athletic departments and student-athletes have benefitted from his leadership and vision. He will be deeply missed, and his legacy will be everlasting.”
“Commissioner Slive was truly one of the great leaders college athletics has ever seen and an even better person. He was a wonderful friend to me and someone who I respected tremendously. Mike changed the landscape of the Southeastern Conference and helped build our league into what you see today. He was instrumental in growing college football and in the creation of the College Football Playoff. The professionalism he displayed throughout his career was second to none. He was an advocate for all of our universities and placed the utmost importance on the well-being of student-athletes. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”
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