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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: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:09 pm

Gee is a pompous piece of garbage

I'm tired of Gordon Gee trying to paint THE DIRTIEST PROGRAM IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL as victims.  They cheated for ten years under Jim Tressel, and got "punished" by being able to hire Urban Meyer and have it look like a natural progression.  They got a top ten recruiting class even in a year in which they are ineligible for bowls.

Ohio State got off so easy because President Mark Emmert is Gee's BFF/protege, but Gee is still whining about it.  The only reason there wasn't enough evidence to give Ohio State the "death penalty" is because of death threats made to everyone who was scheduled to testify in front of the NCAA committee.  The NCAA needs the power to take affidavits in the field and use them as evidence so that Ohio State's death threats and witness tampering no longer have the power to help them bury the truth about the corruption and cheating that serves as "business as usual" in Columbus.  

I hope Gee's whining backfires, and the ex-homicide cop who is now in charge of investigations brings a real investigation to Columbus this time.  Ohio State deserves at least five years of a maximum 15 scholarships per year, and should have a two-year death penalty for their program.  

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:04 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

This is how one sets new precedents mr. Gee . There was no precedent for your teams bowl ban ... and now there is . Pretty simple stuff... you are now a precedent setter.

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:55 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

For someone who is selling his/her insight and knowledge, you should take the 1st bid.  The gold pants are from an outside organization.  The pants have no monetary value other than they are rare, or course not as rare as in the 90's.  These trinkets are usually given to mothers for charms.  The rings are something every champion receives, even at LSU. There is 1 MVP in every bowl game too.  The trophy or plaque is given to him, as if it is his property. Most folks with integrity would not sell these items, no matter what.  But these days there should be a jail or museum to house these items, because clearly outside Louisiana players cannot be trusted to keep Ebayers away.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:52 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Sounds to me like they deserved the ban based on the arrogance of Gee and I think they should get at least 1 more year.  Everyone knows that Tressel was looking the other way when his players were getting cars and former Buckeye players have said as much.  They deserved a lot more than they got.  Obviously the NCAA knows what Tressel did since he isn't even trying to get back into college ball.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:49 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Someone should shut this crybaby up.  Ohio State had, and still may have, the dirtiest program in the NCAA, and he is crying about getting a one year bowl ban.  It should have been 3 years, and he should have been fired.  Ohio State was dirty.  Their AD is dirty.  Gee is dirty.  Why he keeps looking for more punishment is beyond me.  Urban Meyer probably will get nailed in the next two years.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:48 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Gordon Gee is the most arrogant person I think I have ever heard speak into a microphone.

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:43 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Repeat the gossip and it will become the truth to you.

Since: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:31 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

A coach who lied to the NCAA? Different sport, but how about Bruce Pearl?

Oh, by the way, if you enter Thompson-Boling Arena at street level through a particular door, you enter a kind of mini Hall of Fame with large portraits of Tennessee basketball greats. You'll see Grunfeld and King, Don Devoe, Chamique Holdsclaw ... and Bruce Pearl. Yep, in SEC land they honor cheaters and liars because they win.

Oh, and USC was punished for what it did. Perhaps you noticed they didn't play in a bowl game this year? Or maybe some of you really think they invented that punishment just to "get" Ohio State. Yeah, Ohio State, where Maurice Clarett was masquerading as a student-athlete, where the head coach was slimy at freaking Youngstown State long before the recent scandall. Sure, they were out to get Ohio State, because Ohio State was BEGGING to be slapped and slapped hard.

The unbelievable stupidity and ignorance that LSUSMC points out is amazing. There are obvious reasons why you can't profit off of what you get as a student-athlete, even if you aren't really one. The big schools have enough advantages, don't you think?

Sooner or later the slime will get too thick even for the boosters and sponsors and others who revel in the monetary side of "amateur" college athletics. Maybe.

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:02 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Nitrobuck, are you serious? The feces that went down at Miami? No steady drumbeat of scathing articles? ESPN was all over the allegations at Miami. They were calling for the Death Penalty to Miami, didnt hear that about Ohio State. The media had a field day with all the press regarding Miami. Like I said in my previous post, the NCAA did invesitgate everything Nevin Shapiro (conviceted felon) claimed. I am not saying no wrong doing went down, the players should have known better than to accept free stuff, but honestly how to expect a kid in college to not accept free food and drinks and be let into Nightclubs for free. Add up all the dollar amounts for what they had to pay back that was proven by the NCAA as being true, is far less than what the public is believing from Nevin's acqusations. The fact still remians that Ohio States Head Coach "LIED" to the NCAA and knew about what was going on and did nothing to stop it. On Miami's side, the Coach, The President, the entire University has co-operated fully with the NCAA. Miami is one of those programs that are either loved or hated and I have a feeling you are one of the ones that are hating. Look at the facts as to what is being claimed and you will see that what went down in Miami is not as much as the media has made it out to believe.

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:54 pm

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

I have been a rabid Ohio State fan since my dad made me memorize the entire starting lineup in 1954. But I wish Gee would just shut up. First Boise State and the Sisters of the Poor, then Tressel and now this. Yes, the whole scandal in which players couldn't sell gear that was given to them highlights the hypocritical Plantation Mentality that is college football. But within that system, Ohilo State got off lightly and we should walk away smiling and be happy we got Urban Meyer out of the deal.

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