In the ever-evolving landscape of college football, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has seen his power and influence grow in every way.
Despite this rise in prominence, Sankey remains humble and dismisses any claims of being the “most influential person in college football.”
During a recent interview with FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt, Sankey was asked if he considered himself the most influential figure in college football. Sankey swiftly responded with a resounding “No.”
“I think I’m in a role that creates a level of influence or provides a platform,” Sankey explained to Klatt. “I like to think I’ve been effective on some issues. But if I was to either accept or perceive that kind of definition, I think it’d be chasing the wrong thing.”
Drawing an analogy to a coach, Sankey emphasized that his focus lies in achieving day-to-day results rather than accumulating power.
He stressed the need for effectiveness in his work and occupying a prominent position, which, in turn, would naturally grant him influence.
For Sankey, influence is a byproduct rather than the central goal of his role.
Challenging the notion of an individual serving as a “czar” overseeing college football, Sankey argued against consolidating power in a single figure.
Citing historical examples, he expressed skepticism about the outcomes of such arrangements.
“If you look at the history of czars, they don’t end very well,” Sankey stated, cautioning against the potential pitfalls of centralized authority.
Sankey further underscored the importance of collaboration and open dialogue among individuals with differing viewpoints.
He pointed to the challenges faced during the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the discussions surrounding the College Football Playoff as instances where collaboration and compromise played vital roles.
“The ability for us in roles of influence to have the kind of trust that means we don’t always have to agree, but we can sit down and have communication and have enough respect for one’s opinion that we can work through some of the hard issues.. And that’s compromise,” Sankey explained.
His perspective reflects his belief in the value of collective decision-making in shaping the future of college football.
While acknowledging the influence he wields in his role as SEC Commissioner, he remains committed to working collaboratively and finding common ground among others in the sport.
As the college football landscape continues to evolve, Sankey’s measured approach and emphasis on dialogue will prove crucial in navigating the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the SEC and college football as a whole.