Comments made today at SEC Media Days by Commissioner Slive We continue to believe the uniquely American endeavor of intercollegiate athletics is properly supported on our campuses as an integral and important part of higher education. Although we must be willing to make appropriate changes in intercollegiate athletics, education must remain at the core of what we do. We must keep athletics and academics properly integrated and ensure that our university's educational missions are fulfilled. Florida's basketball player Patric Young is an example of a student‑athlete who has made the most of his collegiate academic and athletic experience. He led the Gators to the 2014 SEC men's basketball tournament title and the NCAA Final Four. Was named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year twice. Was named the SEC male winner of the Brad Davis Community Service Award. Then he traveled to Africa where he encouraged children to focus on exercise and healthy lifestyle. While doing all of that, Patric maintained a 3.4 grade point average. Student‑athletes like Patric, as well as many other student‑athletes like him, inspire us to protect intercollegiate athletics, to keep it healthy, vibrant and an integral part of higher education. We do this for the young men and women who seek an education, compete in sports, and ultimately make a difference in people's lives. This is why it is critical for the NCAA to change, and to change in accordance with the vision proposed for the 21st century by the five conferences.