Mississippi athletic director Ross Bjork said such a move would need study, saying "I don't think anyone has proposed anything like that before in college athletics."
Georgia coach Mark Richt said he didn't see a problem with giving a league commissioner such power.
"I would think the commissioner is going to do what's in the best interest of the league, in the best interest of the people involved," he said. "I would say for him to have the right to do that, for her to have the right to do that, is fine. Doesn't mean they have to, but they would have the right to do that. It's just one more check and balance in a system that certainly — I would just say it would make sense to me."
Richard Katz, a sports agent whose clients include college coaches in the Big 12 and SEC, didn't like the idea of conference commissioner being able to fire a coach.
"It could present substantial legal and other problems with regard to the employment contracts that coaches have with the universities," said Katz, whose KMG Sports Management is based in Cincinnati.
AP Sports Writers John Zenor and David Brandt in Hoover, Ala., David Mercer in Champaign, Ill., and Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report. Lage reported from Detroit.
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