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Commissioner's Statement on NCAA Ruling

Aug 11, 2014
SEC Network
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Birmingham, Ala. -- Statement from SEC Commissioner Mike Slive on the O'Bannon case decision issued on behalf of the conference office and each of the 14 SEC member institutions:

"We are pleased that the judge recognized the educational component of college athletics, and the importance of integrating academics and athletics in this decision. There are a number of legal questions of some significance that must be answered to fully understand the ultimate consequence of this decision, and how to comply with it.

"Together with the change in NCAA governance that was approved just a day earlier, this decision reemphasizes the fact that we are going through a historic evolution of the landscape of college sports and it is incumbent upon all of us to be thoughtful and deliberate in building a better future for our institutions and our student-athletes."