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Scott Stricklin joins chorus of those paying respect to longtime SEC leader

The news hit hard Wednesday for those across the SEC spectrum, from coaches to athletic directors to reporters.

Longtime SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who held that post from 2002-15 and helped turn the conference into the national power it is, died at the age of 77.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin was among the chorus of SEC officials who paid their respect to Slive in the wake of the news.

“I’m so saddened to learn that Mike Slive, who was both a personal friend and mentor, has passed,” Stricklin tweeted. “He was a brilliant leader who cared deeply about the people he led and the universities they represented.”

I’m so saddened to learn that Mike Slive, who was both a personal friend and mentor, has passed. He was a brilliant leader who cared deeply about the people he led and the universities they represented. College athletics in general (1/2)

— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) May 16, 2018

and the Southeastern Conference in particular, will reap the benefit of Mike’s efforts and wisdom for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with Liz, Anna and all of Mike’s friends and loved ones. (2/2)

— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) May 16, 2018

Stricklin returned to the SEC as an associate athletic director at Kentucky in 2003 and elevated to AD at his alma mater Mississippi State during Slive’s tenure.

Slive’s successor, Greg Sankey, also shared

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