SEC Media Days: Mike Slive says future football schedule format still in limbo

Mike Slive

SEC commissioner Mike Slive (News Sentinel/AP file photo)

HOOVER, Alabama — SEC commissioner Mike Slive said the format of future conference football scheduling remains “under review.”

At SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Slive said the league would stick with the current eight-game format while the schedule changes remain under review.

The league has yet to announce the 2014 league schedule, and many expected that a final decision on a nine-game schedule would be made by Media Days. That doesn’t seem likely.

In other news:

* Slive spoke most forcefully on expanding the stipend available to student-athletes.

“The NCAA has not been successful in meeting the full cost of attendance for our student-athletes,” Slive said. “Conferences and their member institutions must be allowed to meet the needs of their student-athletes.”

* After giving a “brag bag” of positive news about the SEC, Slive brought up recent “off-the-field incidents involving both current and former student-athletes.” Former Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, charged with murder in Massachusetts, wasn’t mentioned by name.

“While the negative actions of a few garner headlines, the fact is the vast majority of these young people conduct themselves appropriately,” Slive said. “It is a crushing disappointment when, despite all of these efforts, a young person throws away a promising future.”

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