Slive: SEC must avoid "self-inflicted wounds"

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike

Slive says the league won't be able to sustain recent success

without avoiding "self-inflicted wounds," such as NCAA sanctions

and coaches drawing attention to themselves at the expense of

others in the SEC.

At SEC Media Days in Hoover Wednesday, Slive said he has told

conference coaches it is time to recommit to following the rules.

Five years ago, the league adopted a policy requiring coaches to

report concerns about other SEC schools to their athletic

directors.

Several coaches have publicly aired out complaints or

accusations about their peers or other schools in recent months.

Slive also pointed to the league's three straight football

national titles and other athletic successes in saying this period

might someday be regarded as the league's "golden age."

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