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SEC Commissioner Mike Slive Is Retiring At End Of Academic Year, Beginning Treatment For Return Of Prostate Cancer

Mike Slive, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, is retiring from his post at the end of this academic year, according to multiple reports. 

Slive, 74, is currently serving his 13th year as the commissioner of the SEC. 

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Mike Slive will retire as commissioner of the @SEC on July 31, 2015, after serving in that position for 13 years, SEC announced today.

— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) October 14, 2014

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Slive is beginning treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer for which he was treated in the late 1990s.

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Slive, in a press release, spoke of his retirement. 

“I have been blessed in more ways than I can count and I will have as much passion for this job on my last day as I did on my first,” said Slive. “I consider my health situation a temporary detour in a remarkable road that has allowed me to meet amazing people, experience incredible events and celebrate historic victories. I will relish my final year in this position and look forward to being the biggest fan of the SEC for many years to come.”

Slive, as commissioner of the SEC, has helped grow the league in a number of ways, including the development of the SEC Network and bringing Missouri and Texas A&M into the conference. 

Slive's health is not expected to harness his ability to function as the SEC's commissioner through the academic year. He will continue to work out of the SEC's office in Birmingham, Ala.