HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – New Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey used his first state-of-the-league address to praise the league for leading the way in athletics as well as on social issues, invoking the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song to make his point.
Standing in front of three huge video screens at SEC Media Days Monday, the 51-year-old Sankey quoted Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin'” to describe the league’s ongoing evolution as one of the college game’s dominant forces.
Sankey touted the rapidly growing SEC Network, which helped the league earn record revenue last year. He also praised leadership at schools in South Carolina and Mississippi, which have issued statements in support of distancing their respective states from Confederate flag imagery.
Sankey replaces Mike Slive, who resigned June 1 after a 13-year tenure.