Slive: SEC must avoid "self-inflicted wounds"

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says the league won't be able to sustain recent success without avoiding "self-inflicted wounds," such as NCAA sanctions and coaches drawing attention to themselves at the expense of others in the SEC.

At SEC Media Days in Hoover Wednesday, Slive said he has told conference coaches it is time to recommit to following the rules.

Five years ago, the league adopted a policy requiring coaches to report concerns about other SEC schools to their athletic directors.

Several coaches have publicly aired out complaints or accusations about their peers or other schools in recent months.

Slive also pointed to the league's three straight football national titles and other athletic successes in saying this period might someday be regarded as the league's "golden age."

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