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Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:25 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

In an interview with the Ohio State student newspaper, The Lantern, school president Gordon Gee took exception to the bowl ban Ohio State received from the NCAA following "Tattoogate." Gee said that the NCAA was essentially out to get Ohio State because it's Ohio State, and that there had been no precedent for such a decision.

"First of all, the NCAA — if we would have given up five bowl games, they would have imposed the sixth on us because they were going to impose a bowl ban," Gee told the paper. "This was Ohio State. This was (the NCAA's) moment in time, and they were going to impose a bowl ban no matter what we did.

"I'm a lawyer. I take a look at precedent. There's no precedent for a bowl ban for us." 

I feel like this is where I should point out that never in the history of college football has a university president been fired by a football coach, yet Gee was still worried that it would happen to him, right?

Now, Gee may be right that there is no precedent for the NCAA's decision in this case, but that doesn't mean what the NCAA did is wrong either. Maybe the NCAA did want to send a message to the rest of college football saying "if we'll do this to Ohio State, we'll do this to you too."

Or maybe the NCAA just saw a case in which Ohio State played a bowl game using players that should not have been eligible after Jim Tressel failed to report anything about what he knew for so long, and decided it's only fair to take a bowl game away from Ohio State in return.

The fact is whether you agree with the decision or not -- and I'm guessing Ohio State fans reading this don't, and everyone else does -- there's nothing that can be done about it now. You just accept the punishment and move on.

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Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:31 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Too bad OSU didn't fire Gee.  Every time this guy opens his mouth it is an embarrassment.  I am no fan of OSU but this is just getting old.  My lawyer once advised me to never say anything that I didn't have to which has always served me well throughout my life.  Apparently Gee must've missed that class when he was getting his law degree.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:20 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Well sooner or later you have to be proactive and really stiop making excuses to be competitive. They could've been leveled the death penalty like SMU was. Imagine the complaints that day ? And perhaps these kids are taught better earlier and they'll still be wealthy when they retire, instead of morally & financially bankrupt, looking to take freak jobs abroad because they owe $ hundreds of thousands for jewelry that they haven't paid for ? Maybe missed bowl games and Meyer turns them around enought to actually win one ?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:16 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

They are two years away from a title anyways, Ohio State fans expect bcs bowls and no less...

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:11 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Yep.  That's why Buckeye Country wants Gee to never speak again on any issue that's going to compound an already crappy situation.  His desire for attention is going to kill us.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:07 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Couldn't agree more.  Unless they're hiring babysitters to follow around the new star players 24/7 Gee better understand the next time some kid gets caught screwing up at Ohio State it will be HIS job. Out of control kids are at every school but the magnifying glass is on US.  Going out of his way to taunt the NCAA is so stupid.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:01 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

I'm a buckeye but, honestly, E. Gordon, you need to zip it.  I know you're high on Urban (we all are) but you're starting to say stuff that is just plan nuts.  Considering our coach lied, repeatedly, we were very lucky all we got was a one year bowl ban.  So Just. Stop. Talking. PLEASE.  I'm starting to dread your name coming up.

Since: Aug 5, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:41 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

GulfCoast View "Tressel did not deserve to lose his job over this nonsense"  Seriously, lied and knowingly played ineligible players.  You must have high morals.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:37 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Gulf Coast - hit it on the head.    All these 'minor' infractions are no different than the peers "for the most part" - but not always.   When they abuse their affiliation with the university and the program, then it goes too far.    Of course tattos are really a non-event; but the coed rapes, bar fights that hurt other students, and other truly illegal activities - then it shifts from NCAA issues to Legal letter of the Law issues - the only problem is that the NCAA gets the two confused between it's course of action (see Miami Fla).    I think Ohio State probably had "real" infractions (but they are not alone, every team in the top 10 has the same infractions) but it was past due for them.    Now on to Notre Dame, Nebraska, etc. but bottom line is for these few "tier 1" programs, it's just a minor bump in the road.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:35 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

An as OSU Alum and die-hard OSU fan....STFU Gee.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:31 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Be careful what you wish for.  Urban following Tressel?  Think about that beyond the front page.  Except for the two trophies he (HE?) brought UF (with an exceptionally "Strong" DC, who somehow didn't make the media's promo copy) this look-at-me-move surely smacks of "why don't we just do a lot more of what got us here in the first place."  Yeah, more arrogance oughta work.  Works well with street cred, so, recruiting will be great ... no worries there with the ME-PT headliners.  Short term media darlings.  Lots 'O Fun!  Check back in 4 years.  This is so, embarassingly scripted.

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