Mike Slive: gentle style accomplished big things

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Former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive died Wednesday. He leaves behind a legacy of unmatched graciousness and accomplishment.

“I don’t know what I think until I hear myself talk.” – Mike Slive

Former Southeastern Conference Mike Slive died Wednesday. Listen neighbors, this is how one gently builds and empire.

“I think all of us want to be treated a certain way so I try to treat people the way I want to be treated.” – Mike Slive

Before Mike Slive went out each day and eventually changed the world of collegiate athletics, he polished his ideas and pitches in the back booth of Birmingham’s Salem Diner.

“I’ve done a lot of thinking and talking in this booth,” Slive said. “There are a lot of hard-core college football fans that come in here, all of them with great knowledge, and it’s important to listen to what they have to say. I’d like to think I’ve done that with all of my coffee buddies.”


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