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Gordon Gee: OSU 'poster child' for compliance

Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:35 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

Ohio State president Gordon Gee addressed his beleagured athletic department in a statement this morning, and while his interpretation of the words he used isn't necessarily incorrect, it's certainly tone-deaf.

“We are the poster child for compliance," Gee said, "and whenever we discover a possible infraction, we resolve and report it to the NCAA, no matter how minor the violation. That’s what we have done here."

Now, the popular sentiment among writers thus far has been to remind Gee that "denial isn't just a river in Egypt," but I'd amend that slightly to "compliance isn't just a department in your office." It's one thing if Ohio State quickly and dutifully reports all the potential violations it hears about to the NCAA (though are we just going to pretend the Jim Tressel era never happened? Really? This soon?). That's what a compliance department ought to do.

If you want your athletic department to be the poster child for compliance, though, the correct way to go about that is to stop committing such an unholy amount of violations in the first place. That's what real compliance is, and on that front, Ohio State has failed miserably -- espectially relative to just about every other school in Division I. Where that systemic unusual frequency of individual failure comes from can be debated endlessly, but the point is that it's there, and as long as Ohio State keeps pretending there's no big problem the violations are going to keep happening.

My solution? An Ohio-wide media campaign called "STOP PAYING OUR PLAYERS IT DOESN'T END WELL FOR ANYBODY." Use Maurice Clarett and Terrelle Pryor in TV commercials to talk about how accepting improper benefits torpedoed their college careers right when they were getting good. But don't just go up there and tell people OSU's doing everything right. C'mon. 

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Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:54 pm

Gordon Gee: OSU 'poster child' for compliance

Gee doesnt run football. He shouldnt get fired for what kids and his AD does... Smith will propbably lose his job at the end of this year Id imagine. This guy cannot stay on the job, this is getting ridiculous. I mean OSU has the largest compliance staff in country. Apparently they arent doing enough to teach these kids what the rules are (And there are literally thousands, so im not angry they dont know all them)... or at the very least these kids need to be taught if they are going to do ANYTHING involving money or gifts or doing anything where they leave with more than they came with (no matter what) then they need to clear it with a compliance official before doing it. This is out of control. Granted nothing new has happened since the Tat problems, but stuff is still being uncovered.  I keep dreading Lack of Institutional Control... Its coming for OSU and we are going to get hammered. Damnit

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:47 pm

Gordon Gee: OSU 'poster child' for compliance

God points.... I wonder if the lackof integrity in athletics begins tofind it's way into academics at OSU. 

SAd thing isthatthere are defendersof this.   Geeshows his incompetecnce in his commments...OSU should not be reporting violations - they should not be committing violations.  Until they work to eliminate violations they will continue to be in violation of the rules.  How does one get a job with a basic lackof understnding this?  Clearly mr. Gee is way overpaid!

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:48 pm

Gordon Gee: OSU 'poster child' for compliance

Until flim-flam men and hypocrites like Gordon Gee and Gene Smith are fired, there will never be change in the NCAA.  Fire a president and watch the beginning of an era of compliance.  If Ohio State wants to be the "poster child" of anything, it should be the poster child for cutting the head off the snake.  Or, better yet, deciding that when it comes to corruption, the BUCK does stop somewhere.

Gee proclaimed himself the great reformer of college athletics at Vanderbilt.  He did nothing but move the deck chairs.  At Ohio State he oversees the most non-compliant athletic department in AMERICA, and has the nerve to call it the "poster child" for compliance.  Is Ohio really full of rubes that believe this stuff?  C'mon. 

Where are the faculty that supposedly believe in the importance of self-honesty?  Where are the trustees that are the stewards of the state's cherished flagship?  Where the hell is the crazy governor that wants to be President of the United States of America?  How long will Gee be allowed to continue this cover up?

Right now, you have a clownish buffoon with a bowtie continuing to make embarrassing statements.  It is a decoy.  They do not want anyone to notice the theater of the absurd playing in the Ohio Supreme Court.  The Ohio Supreme Court has now ruled twice in favor of ESPN's quest to have Ohio State release public documents.  Do you realize what this means?  The taxpayers of Ohio are paying for a Legal Affairs department at Ohio State University to have the taxpayers of Ohio pay for a Supreme Court ruling against the State of Ohio?  You cannot make this stuff up.

As for Gee.  He has a J.D.  Yes, he is a lawyer.  Not an attorney mind you, a lawyer.  And you wonder where he gets his gift for doublespeak?   Like the worst sort of lawyer, he seems to live by the ethic: "Don't lie.  Just don't tell the truth."  What does the head lawyer have to say about the rulings by the Ohio Supreme Court?  No comment. 

As for Smith...the highest paid AD in the United States.  Just look at what happened to Arizona State after he left his job there.  Yes, their disastous violations date back to his management. 

Shameful.  Just shameful.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:14 pm

Gordon Gee: OSU 'poster child' for compliance

The idea about having a commercial with those is probably not a bad idea.  Again there are 2 sides to boosters illeagally giving benefits to recruits.  I do not understand the condemnation of 18-23 kids; who are going to school (sometimes), not allowed to work, and see the University benefit of the tune of $100k or more from their performance, for accepting money from Adults who usually have ties to the Program.  Honestly I bet these boosters feel better about themselves than the NCAA.  They are willing to give millions to the program.  They may not see it as fair that the players are not paid.  If you require punishment go after the people with the money.

Punish the Adults, if its a crime.
Punish the Program, for providing access.
Punish the players for criminal intent.  A free meal from a booster gets more interest from the NCAA than Assault arrests.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:52 pm

Gordon Gee: OSU 'poster child' for compliance

What!? OSU needs to get rid of this moron and their AD. Then maybe things can go back to normal for this storied program. I don't understand how they still have their jobs? Maybe a OSU fan can explain why?

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