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On Wednesday, the Southeastern Conference announced the passing of former commisioner Mike Slive. Slive was 77 years old.

Slive served as the commissioner from 2002-2015 and oversaw the conference as it became the preeminent league in collegiate football.

The SEC won a total of 81 National Championships, including eight in football, under Slive’s guidance. The University of Florida won 17 of those titles.

A memorial will be held in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday at 11:30 AM.

Some of the reaction via Twitter is listed below. Everyone that came in contact with Slive has a positive memory and a story to share.

Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin:

Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun:

Edgar Thompson of The Orlando Sentinel:

NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport:

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports:

Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis:

Per the SEC Press Release:

Rest In Peace, Mike Slive. Thanks for all you did for the betterment of collegiate athletics.

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