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Southeastern Conference commissioner Michael Slive prepares to toss the coin before the start of Saturday’s game between Missouri and Georgia in Columbia, Mo.

Southeastern Conference commissioner Michael Slive prepares to toss the coin before the start of Saturday’s game between Missouri and Georgia in Columbia, Mo. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Southeastern Conference is known for being the best football conference in the country. It just might have the nation’s best commissioner, too.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive was at midfield for pregame ceremonies and the coin toss Saturday at Faurot Field just four hours after doing the same thing in College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M-Florida game.

“It’s fascinating to come into both stadiums,” Slive said at halftime. “You could just feel the energy, feel the euphoria, you can feel the pride and how excited everybody is. Players, coaches, officials, fans, everybody’s just excited about (Saturday).

“These are the third and fourth teams we’ve added to the league in 80 years. This is a historic day. I think that most people want to be a part of the history, and we all are. This is a day that won’t come again in our lifetimes, I don’t think.”

It was well worth Slive’s time, though, what with Missouri and Georgia had in store — a quintessential SEC contest.

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