Everything I read said the associate commissioner was a lock to replace him. He's the guy that brokered the SEC Network deal and is very well-liked by the ADs.
Having a search committee for the next SEC Commish is even more useless as this Playoff Committee. The next commissioner is gonna be Greg Sankey.
The Playoff Committee is acting like this is gonna be some difficult task to determine the top 4 teams. I'm pretty sure most of us could meet over beer and pizza (at an establishment BB approves of) and figure this out before the pizza is delivered to the table. At worst, there'd be a discussion over the 4th team as most years the top 3 at pretty easy for anyone to figure out.