Sad news to report as the SEC has confirmed that the league’s former commissioner Mike Slive died on Wednesday in Birmingham at the age of 77.

Slive is survived by his wife Liz, his daughter Anna, son-in-law Judd Harwood and granddaughter Abigail.

The league’s seventh commissioner served from 2002 to 2015, when Greg Sankey took over. The league won 81 national championships in 17 of its 21 sponsored sports during Slive’s tenure. During his tenure, the league won seven consecutive BCS National Championships. He also oversaw the creation of the SEC Network and the league expansion of Texas A&M and Missouri.