Notebook: Slive will evaluate rules for Thursday-Saturday turnarounds


SEC Commissioner Mike Slive likes the single division in basketball but is unsure about keeping it when the league goes to 14 teams. (AP photo)

Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 9:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 9:16 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS — The quick turnaround issue was a touchy subject for Florida coach Billy Donovan and Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings during the regular season.

But on Thursday, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said he talked with both coaches after they voiced their concerns about an inequitable number of Thursday-Saturday turnarounds throughout the league.

At issue, the fact that Kentucky had no Thursday-Saturday turnarounds during the 2012 season. Florida and Vanderbilt each had two.

“I told them we will continue to look at it and maybe we might create another parameter,” Slive said.

Slive pointed out, though, that the SEC stood by the existing parameters agreed upon by all 12 coaches. Those parameters included making sure at least one of the two Thursday-Saturday games was at home.

Slive also said he has been pleased with the move to one division this season, though no decision has been made to stick with one division when the league expands to 14 teams next season. The move was made in part to change the perception of stronger and weaker divisions in an effort to get more teams in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Alabama had a 12-4 record in the SEC but failed to make the NCAA Tournament due to the perception that the SEC West was weaker than the SEC East.

“All of this is on an upward graph,” Slive said. “I see what we're doing in basketball every year making more and more progress, and when I look at the league I see the kind of progress I hoped we would make. Hopefully it will be represented in the tournament. We're ever optimistic.”

Horn on the hot seat

South Carolina coach Darrin Horn deflected questions about his job security shortly after his team's 63-57 loss to Alabama.

“We're going to keep plugging forward and keep doing what we've been doing to build our program,” Horn said.

South Carolina finished the season 10-21 overall and 2-15 in the SEC. In four seasons, Horn's record is 50-53. He hasn't had a winning season since going 21-10 in his first season as coach in 2008-09.

Horn still has three years remaining on his contract, with a buyout of $2.4 million.

Miller can't make it

Mike Miller will be honored Friday afternoon as Florida's living legend in the SEC Tournament.

But the former Gator standout who keyed Florida's 2000 NCAA finals run won't be able to make it to New Orleans. Miller is practicing with the Miami Heat. His team next plays Saturday at home against the Indiana Pacers.

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Attendance for the Thursday afternoon session of the SEC Tournament was 10,703. Most were Kentucky fans watching the Arkansas-LSU game to see who the Wildcats would play next. … Alabama coach Anthony Grant was mum when asked if he felt his team's 63-57 win over South Carolina sealed an NCAA Tournament bid. “Our focus is on the moment and that's trying to win a championship (in the SEC Tournament),” Grant said.

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