SEC commish Mike Slive to retire in 2015

SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced he will retire from his position once this year of athletics in the league comes to an end on July 31, 2015.

Slive has been the SEC's commissioner for 13 years. However, the recurrence of prostate cancer, which he previously battled in the 1990s, is forcing Slive to step down.

“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,” Slive said in a statement. “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 received the diagnosis that his prostate cancer had returned following a surgical procedure on his back earlier this year.

Once retired, Slive will still be involved in the SEC as a consultant to the conference for a period of four years.

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