Slive: Referees, fines not biggest issues for SEC

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The head of the Southeastern Conference
says the biggest issue facing the league is not officiating or its
get-tough policy on coaches who criticize referees.

Commissioner Mike Slive said Thursday that the biggest question
is how the SEC can continue its legacy of balancing athletics and

Slive defended the SEC's officiating crew and said one or two
errors should not be used to judge the whole program.

The SEC last week fined Florida coach Urban Meyer $30,000 for
saying referees missed a late hit on quarterback Tim Tebow. Meyer
was the first coach punished under the league's stiffer penalties
for publicly criticizing officiating.