Gene Wojciechowski has an oh, snap! moment at Mike Slive’s well-deserved expense:
… According to SEC doctrine, Mississippi State should have presented a formal response to the league within 30 days of reporting the Newton allegations. It didn’t. January became February. February eventually became late summer before details finally emerged.
The widely respected Greg Sankey, who oversees the league’s compliance department as associate commissioner, was interested in discovering the truth. But the SEC’s own protocol required Mississippi State to become CSI Starkville. The league junked its investigative department not long after Mike Slive was hired as SEC commissioner in 2002. How’s that working out?
If the SEC got beat up (and it did) because those policies were questioned, it’s partly the league’s fault. The Big Ten concluded its inquiry into the Pryor & Co. situation in less than a week. But the SEC couldn’t nudge its institutions to move things along in less than seven months?
Hey, if you can’t investigate, it must mean there was nothing to investigate in the first place, right?