Is Mike Slive Winking When He Tells Kiffin and Myer To Cut It Out?

tre wellsCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers (L) poses for a photo with BCS Coordinator Mike Slive durinig his press conference at the Marriott Convention Center on January 8, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

I don’t know if SEC Commissioner Mike Slive ever harbored thoughts of being a principal at a high school.  I doubt it’s an easy job, but I’m sure it’s rather rewarding molding young boys and girls into men and women, respectively.

I have to believe he is paid considerably more to be the commissioner of the SEC than he would be at a “Northwest High”, and why limit yourself to being in charge of one school, when you could have your pulse on 12 of the nation’s finest college institutions?

No, Slive is probably pretty happy where he is right now, which begs a rather puzzling question: Why does he continue to call Lane Kiffin and Urban Meyer into the principal’s office?

“Detention” happened for the two first in the offseason, and then again this passed week.

Aside from Kiffin’s allegations that Meyer cheated when recruiting a player in the offseason, an act that undoubtedly, and inevitably, warranted action, it seems that now Slive is just picking at things.

Following the Florida Gators’ 23-13 win over the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, Meyer remarked that his players played conservatively when they felt that Tennessee wasn’t playing to win. In addition he took the opportunity to reveal that some of his players were playing with the flu.

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Kiffin returned fire by saying that he would wait until Tennessee wasn’t excited about a performance of theirs and then blame it on illness.

I can just hear Slive over the intercom now: “Lane Kiffin and Urban Meyer, please come to the principal’s office…..Lane Kiffin and Urban Meyer, please come to the principal’s office”.

My question is why?

This is good stuff and it’s harmless. You can’t tell me that Slive was upset with the ratings following the game on Saturday. CBS hit the gold mine when it secured that game and then sat back and watched as the verbal jabs flew from coach to coach.

That’s free advertising.

Why else would anyone care about the No. 1 team in the nation taking on a team that was 5-7 a year ago?

Maybe the answer is that Slive secretly doesn’t mind a bit of the vocal sparring. Maybe he understands that excitement is generated in a variety of ways, and sometimes it’s not as innocent as a group of cheerleaders screaming “Go Fight Win!"

In order to maintain that the SEC is a respectable conference, with an ethical backbone, maybe Slive felt the need to publicly condemn Kiffin and Meyer while secretly cheering them on behind closed doors.

Slive is no dumby, and this is a big business. By calling the kids to the principal’s office, he saved face by doing his job, while he sits back and reads the continuous headlines brought on by the NCAA’s version of the Hatfields and McCoys.

I think I get where you might be coming from Slive...wink wink.


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