Slive to SEC coaches: Stop the public sparring

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive didn't use notes and didn't know how long he spoke. His message to his football coaches and athletic directors Wednesday couldn't be clearer: Stop the public verbal sparring of the past few months. Now.

"I had all 5-9, 170 pounds of me into every word I said," Slive said.

Slive hasn't been happy about the string of public exchanges over the past few months, almost all involving new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin.

Coaches said the commissioner didn't mince words behind closed doors Wednesday during joint session of football coaches and athletic directors at the league's annual spring business meetings. He once again pointed out that the SEC set principles for all its coaches in 2004.

Slive's reminder came after another public exchange Tuesday involving Kiffin. South Carolina's Steve Spurrier confronted Kiffin in front of the media after being told that Kiffin said that he has never received an apology from Spurrier after the Gamecocks coach publicly questioned whether he had passed the NCAA recruiting test before calling prospects.

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