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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:27 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

I love reading about Gee - it makes me realize that some people with brains are not always smart in every area; Gee's is he doesn't have a clue about PR required side of his job.   Too Funny - not a hater or fan of that other OSU, but the arrogance of the "t"OSU does seem to symbolize a lot about the great University when it's sports programs have fallen short on the big stage consistently the last few years; in part due to the same arrogance.   The squad's need to refocus and leave the strutting behind until they win a championship again.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:25 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

BTW, the whole thing was media hype.  I have never seen the media out to nail a coach over so little as they were against Tressel.  Like sharks in the water, they got their prey.  The OSU brass caved, and the NCAA caved -- all to the media.  The media is the reason Penn State so unceremoniously fired a legend, too.  Everytime an NCAA athlete is arrested for jaywalking or spitting on the sidewalk it makes headlines at CBS and ESPN.  They have lost all perspective.

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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:25 pm
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Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:22 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

As a lawyer you should know you do not call the judge wrong to his face, don't you think the NCAA is going to hear his comments and keep a closer eye on Ohio State. Just shut up and let it pass.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:18 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

This is the first intelligent thing Gee has said through the whole process.  And he is right.  Ohio State paid a huge penalty -- more than deserved for an offense such as this -- by losing Coach Jim Tressel.  All the media hype about automobiles was false.  And it was under that false report that OSU pressured Tressel into resigning.  The bowl ban was quite unnecessary.  While I am thrilled to have Urban Renewal going on at Ohio State, Tressel did not deserve to lose his job over this nonsense.

Since: Aug 5, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:09 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Now make it three stupid things to come out of this clown's mouth.

1.  We don't play little sisters of the poor
2.  I hope the football coach does not fire me
3.  I am a lawyer   

Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:06 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Listen guys, I have been following this situation from day one, and I feel i'm qualified to give a better perspective on this entire ordeal. First and foremost, each and every post I have read on this blog, are post representing personal comments combined with emotional distatste of Ohio State. Ohio State University put themselves in a bad situation by opening their mouth throughout the investigation with arrogance, feeling they could get through this without a bowl ban. Ohio State officials openly admitted their only concern was avoiding a bowl ban, knowing all along they could survive probation and end up back in a BCS bowl next season as if nothing happened. I'm no genious, and don't pretend to be, but if I can sit here and figure that out, surely the NCAA could see through it as well. Gordon Gee was actually correct in his assessment of what the NCAA did to the program, but what he fails to realize, is that the NCAA was left with no choice because of the arrogance University officials displayed. Funny how the Universty officials can look at the job Urban Meyer has done on recruiting, and now they see Ohio State making a strong run through the Big Ten. You want proof? Ohio State finished 6-7 last year, and now suddenly a school on probation is ranked #9 for the upcoming season, and the sad part is, they will probably steam roll through the Big Ten, beating up on programs like Wisconsin and Michigan State and Nebraska, because each program lost key players, and each program had pathetic off season recruting, so unless they have quality back up players they can coach up, the Buckeyes will run through the Big Ten just as they did under Jim Tressel. Now I know you guys are reading this article thinking I'm an Ohio State guy, but just for the record, I'm living in the heart of SEC country here in Alabama, with no personal agenda towards Ohio State nor the SEC. I can out shine and out write any sports writer that works for CBS sports, ESPN, or any other sports writer in america, because I have no problem crossing the line and pointing out things most sports writers fail to point out.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:59 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

A lawyer for a president. Being a lawyer means he is not an academic. Which explains why the statements made by Gordon Gee are so different than other college administrators. The thing I have observed is that universities are extremely political in their faculty. Being an academic means learning how to do the two-step with both students and administration. In president Gee's case we have, instead, a superb fund raiser. Most administrators would decline to discuss an NCAA infraction wanting the community and nation to focus on the here now of the school instead. Ohio State has much positive to focus on. Instead he gets these headlines which stir up more hatred and polarity. Whether he is right or wrong in his assessment he must know that his detractors will not be deflected and his supporters will not be swayed by vilifying the NCAA. In the end he was wrong. The football coach did not fire him. He did this to himself.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:52 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

@LeftyRulesYou.....As a "Go BLUE" fan I say.........BOO!! HOO!! HOO!!. You're players "BROKE" rules, you're coach "TRIED" to coverup for them, and they got "CAUGHT". Deal with it!!!! The "Fab Five" got caught, and Michigan suffered the consequenses. Guess what...They "DEALT" with it. Your arguments ring "HOLLOW" given the details of the situation. The players involved, should "NOT" have been allowed to play. PERIOD!! As for the investigation, and your schools concern for safety? I might be wrong? But I believe the NCAA investigative branch consist of former FBI agents....

P.S. - Please pass on my best to Urban.....=} 

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:52 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban


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