BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mike Slive isn't changing the rule.
The SEC commissioner also isn't planning on having to use it as much without Lane Kiffin around.
Slive's tolerance for criticism of officials or his ability to discipline offenders around the league won't change just because the former Tennessee coach and his one-year adversary is gone. And it's also safe to assume he wasn't exactly sad to see Kiffin leave after riling up opponents and the conference office during his short stint with the Vols.
"We'll have to see, (but) I don't anticipate anything like that happening again," Slive said Monday during the Associated Press Sports Editors' Southeast Regional meeting at Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. "I wish him well, I really do - as long as he's in California."
That puts Kiffin safely under another commissioner's jurisdiction, and Slive has already established what appears to be a more friendly relationship with Kiffin's replacement.
And while UT athletic director Mike Hamilton has repeatedly emphasized the better cultural fit new coach Derek Dooley provides within the program, the same also applies in a broader sense for Slive and the conference.
"It's been clear for a long time that Derek was going to be a very successful football coach," Slive said. "The fact that he was familiar with the SEC - it's in his DNA, so to speak - is, I think, helpful to him.
"So we were very pleased to see Mike Hamilton make that appointment. I was very pleased with the positive reception that he received from Tennessee and the fans. And obviously, like any new coach he has his work cut out for him. I think his appointment is good for Tennessee and good for the SEC."
Ultimately the scale for measuring Dooley's success will be different for each, with Slive not likely to be as concerned with on-field results as Hamilton.
The league office will surely judge Dooley more by his ability to follow the rules, which Kiffin had some early troubles doing with six secondary violations and a public accusation of cheating by Florida coach Urban Meyer before even coaching a game.
That didn't exactly enhance his popularity around the SEC, and it didn't improve when Kiffin threw around conspiracy theories about officiating after a controversial loss at Alabama, which prompted the league to give Slive the ability to hand out punishments for violations of the sportsmanship rule.
At this point, Dooley would be hard-pressed to have violate that rule. But so far, he's also managed to keep everything at UT safely between the lines.
"(The relationship) has been fine," Slive said. "As a matter of fact, I came up and sat down and had a nice visit with Coach Dooley and Mike and talked about the league and where we were, and we're looking forward to his coming to new coach's orientation and getting to know all the people in the office. So far it's been exactly what we've hoped it would be.
"I expect all of our coaches to follow our rules. All I care about is not breaking rules. It's not about individuals, it's about making sure that we follow the rules. That's all that was about from Day One."