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Mike Slive: Nobody will win seven straight championships again, unless it’s us

SEC commissioner Mike Slive likes to compare the SEC’s streak of seven consecutive national championships in the BCS era with one of the great streaks in sports history, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Slive said no conference will be able to match what the SEC did in the BCS.

“I put what we accomplished in the context of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak,” Slive said in a Q&A with Tony Barnhart for the SEC Digital Network. “I don’t think anybody is ever going to win seven straight national championships again—unless it’s us.”

Florida State snapped the SEC’s bid for an eighth straight national championship when the Seminoles rallied in the fourth quarter to edge SEC champion Auburn in dramatic fashion. Though Auburn took the loss that brought an end to the streak, Slive does not want the accomplishments of the conference during the BCS era to be forgotten.

“Auburn played such a great game but the only problem was that the game was about one minute too long,” Slive told Barnhart with a laugh. “I just remember not wanting a tough loss in any way to diminish what our conference had accomplished in the BCS era. We won nine of the 16 championships. We almost closed it out with eight straight.”

The 2014 season will see the beginning of the College Football Playoff, with the top four teams to compete for the national championship will be chosen by a selection committee, a process endorsed by Slive. As the sport moves to a new championship model, Slive remains optimistic the SEC will be enjoying success for years to come.

“There are a lot of things about the playoff that excite us,” Slive said.

You can read the full Slive interview here.

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13 Responses to “Mike Slive: Nobody will win seven straight championships again, unless it’s us”
  1. seminolez says: May 27, 2014 12:31 PM

    “Auburn played such a great game but the only problem was that the game was about one minute too long,”

    Shut up. How many games this season did auburn win in the last minute? Lots of games come down to the last minute, get over it.

  2. drummerhoff says: May 27, 2014 12:36 PM

    ^^^^ soar winners ^^^^

    only in the acc, where schools have an inferiority-complex, does the winner of the national championship feel threatened opinion.

    very telling.

  3. goodellisruiningtheleague says: May 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    “Auburn played such a great game but the only problem was that the game was about one minute too long,”

    Same could be said about Alabama in the Iron Bowl…

  4. classyjacklambert says: May 27, 2014 1:04 PM

    Drummerhoff, you’re conference is irrelevant. Get over it and grow up.

  5. classyjacklambert says: May 27, 2014 1:04 PM

    *your, stupid autocorrect.

  6. cyraider says: May 27, 2014 1:11 PM

    drummerhoff says:
    May 27, 2014 12:36 PM
    ^^^^ soar winners ^^^^

    The SEC: Where soar and sore mean the same thing.

  7. classyjacklambert says: May 27, 2014 1:14 PM

    Actually he’s a B1G fan… So he pretty much has nothing to live for and no education.

  8. rolltide510 says: May 27, 2014 1:40 PM

    drummerhoff, you’re probably not used to winning, but for those of us that are, its pretty annoying when the “gracious loser” can’t shut up about how if X and Y had happened they’d have won.

    I still pass Texas fans on the street who stop to explain to me that if Colt McCoy hadn’t gotten hurt then………….

  9. marooncat79 says: May 27, 2014 4:42 PM

    There you go Big 10, even the SEC commish is calling you out now. Oh wait, its been since forever that you were relevant in football.

  10. bigbuckeye76 says: May 27, 2014 7:04 PM

    SEC fans calling the B1G fans uneducated? Maybe in how to score with your sister or how to lift your “deulie”.

  11. classyjacklambert says: May 27, 2014 8:36 PM

    Actually I’m an ACC fan but I wouldn’t expect anymore from a dumbass B1G fan.

  12. sportsguy3434 says: May 27, 2014 9:19 PM

    I can’t wait for the weeks of ACC vs. SEC fans and Pac 12 vs B1G fans talking smack for the playoffs or however the brackets come out.

  13. noles44 says: May 27, 2014 10:57 PM

    The B1G power OSU had their way with the SEC didn’t you know ?

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