Making a case for SEC commissioner Mike Slive as the most successful conference commissioner ever wouldn't be a very difficult task.
As a recent piece on Nola.com points out, on top of having the college football landscape in a chokehold over the past several years (seven straight national titles), Slive has helped revenue sharing almost triple (from $95.7 million to $289.4 million), and he's also negotiated a 15 year TV agreement with CBS and ESPN worth $3 billion and also helped get the pen to paper on the the SEC Network deal with ESPN.
Slive shared a bit of advice for coaches, and organizations, looking to build their program or organization into a successful model.
"The progress of your organization isn't just a straight shot, it's up and level, and goes down and gets level and goes up again. The goal is to take two steps forward and limit your steps back to one."
"If you can do that over time, you can be successful."
When someone as successful as Slive offers up some advice, you might want to grab a pen. Especially as a young, or first time head coach (or even business owner) trying to build a quality program.