College football’s Southeastern Conference has agreed to extend commissioner Greg Sankey’s contract through the 2026 year.
Sankey has served as the SEC commission since 2015.
“I am grateful for the support of the SEC’s presidents and chancellors, and for the continuing opportunity to serve our universities while supporting the student-athletes of the Southeastern Conference,” said Sankey.
“We are in the midst of a time of change for college athletics, and I look forward to working with the SEC’s campus leaders to identify a path forward that will sustain the incredible success of our Conference and provide opportunities for young people to grow academically and challenge themselves athletically.”
Since Sankey took over the reins as commissioner, he has played a crucial role in continuing the growth of the SEC, which has clearly become the dominant Power Conference in all of college sports.
Recently, Greg Sankey assisted in the University of Texas Longhorn and the University of Oklahoma Sooners joining the SEC.
Sankey has been busy keeping his conference viable during a COVID-19 pandemic that challenged and completely altered the sports world and impacted campus life. He’s also been navigating social justice waters and the increasing demands of his Black players (the money makers) to receive the social justice and respect they have been denied for so long.
In response, Sankey launched the SEC Council on Racial Equity and Social Justice , a league-wide body consisting of a diverse group of student-athletes, administrators, coaches, and SEC staff.
He also finalized a 10-year agreement with the Walt Disney Company that grants ABC and ESPN broadcast rights to SEC football and basketball events beginning in 2024-25, continuing through 2033-34 year.
Furthermore in 2020, during a time where uncertainty lingered over college football due to the pandemic, Sankey laid the blueprint by implementing a conference-only schedule. This idea led to a full season of SEC football uninterrupted.