The fact that Mike Slive said today that SEC men’s basketball didn’t meet the league’s high expectations last season was not a surprise. What was a surprise was the fact that Slive talked basketball at all during the league’s football Media Days event.
Slive reminded everyone that the league last week created a new position for a basketball overseer. Mark Whitworth was named to the new position of “associate commissioner for men’s basketball” just six days ago. Slive also announced today that former NCAA Tournament bigwig Greg Shaheen has been asked by the league to aid member institutions in putting together quality basketball schedules moving forward.
Those of you who read MrSEC.com on a regular basis know that we wrote on June 26th of this year that the SEC needed to hire a new “hoops czar.”
Turns out the league has indeed put someone in that type of role and they’ve brought in another hired gun to help improve the league’s basketball product. Smart move. And, yes, we’d been tipped to the fact that such a deal was coming. (Thus the article on the 26th.)