BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Michael L. Slive, the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, died Wednesday in Birmingham at the age of 77.
The news came late Wednesday afternoon from the office of the SEC. His cause of death was not provided.
Slive is survived by his wife of 49 years, Liz; his daughter Anna and granddaughter Abigail.
Slive served as commissioner of the SEC from 2002 until he retired in 2015. The conference saw unprecedented success under his leadership, including successful teams across the conference, the launch of the SEC Network, and expansion of the conference with the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M.
More background on Slive and his numerous achievements is available at SECSports.com.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban released the following statement Wednesday evening following the news:
Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne released this statement: