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Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:25 pm
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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: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:52 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Millchuck, you statement that Miami should be worried because of their infractions make everyone else seem mild, your so wrong. First off, all they are are allegations. Nevin Shapiro's statements have been investigated by the NCAA and only a few have been proven. What they have prooved the University has made suspensions for. Add up all the dollar amounts of free drinks and food the players received are far less than the Jim Tressle's Tattoo and Pawn shop scandal at Ohio State. Now I am not saying the Univeristy of Miami is not guilty, they sure are but not to the extent that everyone has protrayed them to be. Look at the facts and not the hate that comes associated with the Hurricanes program.



Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

I love how all associated with OSU is so paranoid. The NCAA was not out to get you. Tressel was a dirtbag at YSU and ended up getting exposed as the cheat, liar, weasel that he is. Their solution to feeling targeted by the NCAA.... hire a former warden from Florida. Do you think they'll be watching him???



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:28 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Ohio State was guilty of players selling items given to them for money and receiving tattoos for cash.  THAT'S IT!!   USC bought a HOUSE for Bush's family,
Both statements are completely wrong.  Ohio State was guilty of having a HC lie to the NCAA.  THAT'S IT!  When was the last time a major college head coach lied to the NCAA?  That is a lot more than just kids selling items.  But, I undstand ohio state fan being in denial.  And, USC did not buy a house for Reggie Bush's family.  What a ridiculous statement to make.  Like most people on this site do not know the actual details.  Lines like these are meant to be passed on to nonsports fans or 10 year olds because they are total nonsense.


 
I am still amazed at the punishment for getting tattoos for signatures, and selling merchandise that was given to the players.  Really..... how do you say it is illegal to sell something that is yours????  
I am still amazed that some people do not understand the thinking behind this being a problem.  What if a big school wanted to give all of their players diamond rings after every victory and the players were allowed to sell them.  The NCAA could and would never allow this type of competitive advantage to take place.  Or, just the same, what if boosters were allowed to line up and buy the players trinkets for way over face value.  Again, cannot be allowed.  THey can sell what they want after they leave school, but not before.  If you still don't get it, I will not be surprised. 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Stuckio, you are way off base.  There are precedents in similar cases to OSU's.  There have been several schools hit with "Failure To Monitor" allegations (and 2 within the last 5 years).  Not one of them received a bowl ban.  So Gordon Gee is absolutely correct, there is no precident for OSU receiving a bowl ban.  The NCAA clearly has ramped up the punishment for this level of violations.

That and there is no comparison between the chump change the Tat-5 boys received and the blatant pay for play that was going on at SMU.  SMU was giving cars and cash to buy recruits.  Big difference.



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:21 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Dear true college sports fan,

I think you're the one who needs to shut the hell up.  Your ignorance is a true disgrace to college graduates everywhere, assuming you graduated college. 



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

BOY THERE'S A GUY SO FULL OF SH---------------------- IT ISNT FUNNY!



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Dear Gordon Gee,

Please, for the love of God, just shut the hell up. Do Ohio State a favor and resign your position. You are a disgrace to the university that employs you. You and Gene Smith ought to be fired for your corruption.

Sincerely,
~A true college sports fan.



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Really cannot compare SMU, USC, or others with Ohio State's infractions.  Ohio State was guilty of players selling items given to them for money and receiving tattoos for cash.  THAT'S IT!!   USC bought a HOUSE for Bush's family, SMU had given THOUSANDS of dollars to players.  Miami Hurricanes are the ones who should be very worried.  Their infractions makes everyone elses seem mild (with the possible exception of SMU when you compare 80s money with todays).

Yes, OSU played in the Sugar Bowl but vacated the win and gave every penny back from what they earned for playing in the game.  Yes, there had to be a punishment.  You can't let a team play and just give money back and say OK, that's it.   But Gee is right, there is no precident.  But now there is.

I am still amazed at the punishment for getting tattoos for signatures, and selling merchandise that was given to the players.  Really..... how do you say it is illegal to sell something that is yours????   Once it changes possession, it is the kids to do with what he wants.  I personally would never sell any of it, rings, etc.   But, should someone be pissed if you sell a Christmas gift they gave you??



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

I agree with Gee on this one.  The NCAA went way over the top on its OSU punishments.  They've done nothing of the sort to any SEC team which have accounted for far more greivious violations recently.  Let's see what they end up doing to Miami, who had an alumni sugar daddy virtually paying salaries to the players for attending the "U".Surprised



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

NO PRECEDENT! Hey moron-SMU, UCS, and any other team that has cheated.  You got to play in the SUGAR BOWL with ineligible players that YOUR coach knew was ineligible ALL YEAR long.  Then he makes a deal with them they will come back and do their punishment.  However one jumped to the NFL and you had to fire your coach because he knew all this.  ONE BOWL GAME is nothing in the scheme of things.  Ask SMU how bad it can be.  USC missed a few years.  This guy is a joke he thinks they did enough.  No you are lucky they did not do more.


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