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.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.

Gophers down eight starters for game vs. Boilermakers

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 03: at Ryan Field on October 3, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Minnesota 27-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It would be an understatement of significant proportions to say that the Minnesota football team is banged up.

How banged up?  On his radio show Thursday, head coach Jerry Kill, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, revealed his team will be down a whopping eight starters for Saturday’s game against Purdue.

Kill’s revelation comes one day after he confirmed a total of 20 players donned non-contact jerseys in practice earlier in the day.

The coach didn’t specifically identify which starters would be sidelined, with the Pioneer Press writing “[t]he known injuries to starters include safety Damarius Travis (hamstring), cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), tight end Lincoln Plsek (back) and tackle Ben Lauer (knee/hand).”

One injured starter who will play, Kill confirmed, is quarterback Mitch Leidner. While not detailing any specific injury, Kill said Wednesday that Leidner “hasn’t been healthy. He’s been beat up.”

Overall, though, the Gophers’ health, or lack thereof, is bordering on historic.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 32 years in coaching,” Kill said yesterday. “The toughest thing for me right now is all of these kids that work so hard, and when they get hurt, it kills me. … We are running out of people.”

Coming off an 8-5 season last year, the Gophers are struggling. While they stand at 3-2 after five games, the three wins came by a total of nine points over the likes of Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio. Their second loss — the first was by six to TCU in the opener — was a 27-0 shutout at the hands of Northwestern in the Big Ten opener last weekend.