By Audra Seachris
University of Mississippi graduate Charlie Hussey, Associate Commissioner for SEC Network Relations for the Southeastern Conference, spoke with law students at the Robert H. Khayat Law Center on Friday about his journey to the top of the nation’s most elite athletic conference.
“Getting any experience that you can get is key right now,” Hussey said. “Even if it’s working at University Sporting Goods. Whatever it is that you have to do, any opportunity you can find to build experience is credible.”
Hussey grew up as an Ole Miss sports fan and graduated from UM in 1999. While in school he worked at University Sporting Goods and held close family ties to the UM Athletic Department. As a senior he earned an internship at the SEC home office in Birmingham, Ala. which led him to his current position.
“For me, being exposed to athletics living in Oxford was a big key to understanding the landscape of what might be available and how to get involved in college athletics,” Hussey said.
After college, Hussey was invited to work as a full-time member for SEC in 2000. His current position includes but is not limited to responsibility for the launch of the SEC Network and serving as a liaison with ESPN concerning digital and digital issues.
“The importance and enormity of the launch of the SEC Network requires the singular attention of a senior level member of our staff,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive told The Sports Ledger. “Charlie’s experience in working on the conference’s television packages in recent years as well as the SEC Digital Network makes him the ideal person to fill this role.”
The luncheon at which Hussey spoke was hosted by the Mississippi Sports Law Society and the Mississippi Sports Law Review. Lance Gunnells, President of the Society, was heading the event in conjunction with Connor Bush, Editor-in-Chief of the Review, and chose Hussey to speak to the law students.
“We hope he will be back in town the weekend of the Symposium,” Gunnells said. “As Mr. Hussey mentioned, SEC Nation will be here in Oxford that weekend.”
The 5th Annual Mississippi Sports Law Review Symposium will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 17th, in the Weems Auditorium in the law school. Hussey will be working as the SEC representative during Homecoming weekend against Tennessee when Oxford hosts SEC Nation.