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Quickies: Mike Slive Edition

Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive has died.

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Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive died yesterday at the age of 77 after battling with illness for an extended amount of time.

Slive was SEC commissioner for 13 years, and in his time as commissioner he skyrocketed the SEC to the success it enjoys today. He was commissioner when the SEC won seven straight football National Championships, and the conference won a total of 75 national titles across 17 sports during his tenure, and he helped to more than quadruple the conference’s revenue distribution.

Slive’s footprint in college sports won’t be going away any time soon.

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Wenyen Gabriel must decide if NBA G League is A-OK - SEC Country
G LEAGUE A-OK? Kentucky sophomore Wenyen Gabriel isn't likely to be picked in the 2018 NBA Draft. So his decision basically boils down to whether he's OK starting (and maybe toiling) in the G League or overseas instead of a return to school.

Kentucky football: Q&A with quarterback commit Nik Scalzo - SEC Country
Nik Scalzo committed to Kentucky on Monday night, giving the Wildcats their first — and what might be their last — quarterback commitment in the 2019 class. The timing of his decision and whether Kentucky's staff is still pursuing other quarterbacks are topics SEC Country recently discussed with Scalzo.

Kentucky’s Kenny Payne: Coaching Wildcats is a dream job - Cats' Pause
Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne may be a popular head coaching candidate, but he knows how great he has it in Lexington.

2018 freshmen arriving on campus first week of June - Cats' Pause
Kentucky basketball's 2018 freshman class will arrive on campus the first week of June, has learned.

Anthony Davis named finalist for MVP and DPOY Awards | Kentucky Sports Radio
Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has been named a finalist for the Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year Awards. For the MVP award, he joins NBA superstars LeBron James and James Harden on the list of finalists.

UK Golf holes out for eagle on 18, punches ticket to NCAA tournament | Kentucky Sports Radio
UK's Chip McDaniel holed out from 118 yards on 18 to send the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament.

Camacho-Quinn, McLaughlin on Mid-May Watch List for The Bowerman - University of Kentucky
Kentucky women's track and field hurdlers Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Sydney McLaughlin are on the latest watch list for The Bowerman released on Wednesday.

Michigan State Spartans agree to $500 million Larry Nassar settlement - ESPN
Michigan State will pay $500 million to survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse in what is believed to be the largest settlement ever in a sexual misconduct case involving a university.

Mike Budenholzer Reportedly Agrees to Contract to Become New Bucks Head Coach | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Mike Budenholzer will reportedly be the Milwaukee Bucks' next head coach after spending the previous five years with the Atlanta Hawks, according to's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bartolo Colon dominant as Rangers shut out Mariners 5-1 | FOX Sports
The line drive off the bat of Seattle’s Jean Segura was estimated at 101 mph. As much as Texas starter Bartolo Colon tried to get his glove up and shift his body, there was no way he could avoid being struck.

Tyronn Lue, LeBron James reportedly wanted Cavaliers to trade for DeAndre Jordan at deadline -
The Cavs instead traded for a number of role players, including George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood.

Beating Preakness favorite Justify, Bob Baffert may be impossible - USA Today
Trainer Bob Baffert is 4-for-4 in the Preakness Stakes with his Kentucky Derby winners. Justify looks like a solid bet to keep that streak going.

Miami Marlins' Jeter: We need to 'get more people in here' | Miami Herald
Derek Jeter is optimistic by nature. But the Miami Marlins' poor start on the field and at the box office has him frustrated.