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SEC commish Mike Slive undergoes back surgery

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One of the most powerful men in all of sports is recovering from what appears to be a minor medical procedure.

Via Twitter, the SEC announced Thursday afternoon that commissioner Mike Slive “underwent successful surgery Tuesday to relieve pain he had experienced in his back for several weeks.” In another tweet, the conference wrote that “Commissioner Slive is receiving great care from his doctors and will be watching SEC games from home this weekend.”

Slive is expected to be released from the hospital in short order.

Under Slive’s stewardship the past 12-plus years, the SEC has seen unprecedented growth in sports in general and football specifically. And specifically as it relates to the amount of money going into membership coffers.

The SEC Network, Slive’s sports pride and joy and a future source of significant revenue for memebrs, will televise its first live football game tonight as Texas A&M travels to Columbia to take on South Carolina.

Slive turned 74 last month, and there’s been talk that he could step down at some point in the near future. In an excellent profile that appeared in USA Today this morning, Slive addressed the retirement question head on when he was asked about a specific timetable for a departure.

“I’ll be done when I’m done. When they don’t want me anymore or when I don’t want to be there,” the commish said.

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6 Responses to “SEC commish Mike Slive undergoes back surgery”
  1. coolhorn46 says: Aug 28, 2014 4:27 PM

    SEC types need to hope Slive’s back doesn’t get him down too much. He’s the guy with the vision that’s guided that conference to their success, and there aren’t many like him out there that aren’t already employed as commissioners.

  2. allan357 says: Aug 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    I’m Big 12, not SEC, but I’ve suffered serious back pain and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I hope he has a full recovery.

  3. kinggator says: Aug 28, 2014 4:50 PM

    of course he had back surgery, he’s super sore from carrying all these other conferences… SEC SEC SEC!!

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 28, 2014 5:03 PM

    ^^^I knew that joke was coming….. was just too easy.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    We have SEC football in less than an hour…..

    I’m not embarrassed to say it… but I’m just giddy right now. I hate the offseason.

  6. Deb says: Aug 28, 2014 8:23 PM

    Get well soon, Mike! I’m sure you’re a corporate snake of the first order. But you’re our snake and we’d hate to go it without you ;)

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