Slive: NCAA change is in the air

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Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive is interviewed at his office at the SEC headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., Monday, July 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive thinks change is in the air for the NCAA — and to him that's a good thing.

Slive says he and other college and league administrators "feel like change is important," including having investigations "handled in a timely way." Slive spoke to The Associated Press ahead of SEC media days starting Wednesday, with NCAA investigations dominating the news from college athletics.

In the SEC, Tennessee is awaiting a ruling after a 22-month investigation into the football and men's basketball programs, while the NCAA is still investigating the recruitment of Heisman Trophy-winning Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. Auburn has not received an official letter of inquiry.

The SEC head supports a proposal that would allow universities to pay student athletes the full cost of an education.

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