HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says "important questions need to be answered" in the NCAA's governing structure over college athletics.
Slive used part of his annual address opening SEC media days Tuesday to reiterate his push for athletes to receive the total cost of attendance and stress the importance nationally of "innovative leadership to slash through our Gordian knot."
He says the SEC still supports the NCAA's role in governing college athletics. He says important questions needing to be addressed include the makeup and role of the NCAA's board of directors and changes to the governing body's structure to ensure major roles for school and league administrators and coaches.
However, the longtime commissioner is "bullish on the fact that this is being talked about now." Slive declined to offer specifics.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier adds another entry in the growing legend of Jadeveon Clowney.
Spurrier said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference media days that his All-American defensive end ran a 4.4 40 at the end of summer workouts.
Clowney is regarded as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate a year after Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo finished second. Clowney was sixth.
But Spurrier says his star defender has done a good job staying out of the limelight and been a good teammate.
The Gamecocks coach was even asked if there was a chance that Clowney could play on offense. His response: "Not really. We got a bunch of offensive players that are pretty good."
Will Muschamp's defensive acumen has already helped Florida return to the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference.
The third-year coach spent most of his appearance at SEC Media Days on Tuesday explaining how the offense plans to catch up.
Florida's defense was among the league's best last season, giving up just 14.5 points per game. It needed to be that good, because the Gators' offense ranked 10th in the 14-team SEC with 26.5 points per game.
Even though the no-huddle, high-tempo offense is en vogue in college football, Muschamp has consistently kept a more deliberate, physical approach.
Muschamp said Florida's offense must be more "consistent and efficient," and hopes junior quarterback Jeff Driskel will be able to provide those traits in his second season as the starter.
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