Mike Slive speaks

Allegations, rumors and an ESPN.com report citing sources at Mississippi State have not been pleasing reads for the SEC’s commissioner. Simply put, public perception has dirtied the SEC name — fairly or unfairly — over the last week as allegations concerning the recruitment of Newton at MSU have grown in recent days.

“I don’t think it’s helped us,” Slive said in a phone conversation with The Clarion-Ledger on Friday afternoon. “It hasn’t helped us.”