SEC's Greg Sankey: 'I expect us to be victorious the absolute right way'
HOOVER, Ala. -- SEC commissioner Greg Sankey opened up the conference's football media days by preaching integrity.
"I want SEC teams to win every possible championship," Sankey said, "and I expect us to be victorious the absolute right way."
Sankey pointed out that the SEC hasn't had one of its programs on probation since August. The last time that happened was in 1984.
But threats to that streak are looming, most glaringly with the NCAA's investigation at Ole Miss.
"As we move forward together, we can't have any more of those issues arise," Sankey said.
Sankey's opening remarks also included appreciation for former Gators coach Steve Spurrier, who stepped down last season from South Carolina, and Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley, who is retiring.
"He has set an example by having high expectations that people around him do things the right way, and he has enthusiastically supported student-athletes in every sport," Sankey said.
Two other quick notes:
Sankey said the SEC will continue to look at how to treat recruits with criminal histories or accusations of violence. The most obvious example is Jeffrey Simmons, the five-star defensive lineman who was shown on video punching a woman but has enrolled at Mississippi State.
The SEC's new slogan: "It just means more."