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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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Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Gordon Gee and Ohio State should have got a lot more then they did. Like Gee says the lesser conferences should be the one with bowl bans not his Ohio State.


Gee never said that, you friggin moron.  Learn to read.  What he said is there is no precedent for a bowl ban based on the level of allegations Ohio State was facing.  USC was facing higher level allegations, and received a heftier bowl ban.  I doubt Gordon Gee had a problem with that, and I highly doubt that Gee looks at the Pac-12 as a lesser conference.

Personally, I thought OSU should have been proactive and self-imposed a bowl ban this past season.  But I think Gordon Gee may be onto something when he points out that no matter what level of self-punishment OSU instituted, the NCAA was going to increase the punishment.  Why?  Because the NCAA was caving in to media pressure and had to do something to save face.





Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

I figured by now that this guy would be tired of the taste of his own foot.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Seems like reward the guilty (let them play the bowl game) and punish the innocent (the players who are now playing who had nothing to do with the tattoo gate players or Tressel's not reporting what he knew).  But noone says that the NCAA has to be fair, so long as they keep the networks happy and pull in that bowl revenue. 



Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:57 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

The issue is precedents are set on first come first serve basis. You really never see precedents set or increased on existing precedents. Gee is right, in terms of the law, but in terms of NCAA he is wrong, because the NCAA has no clue what the hell there doing




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

I may be mistaken, but wasn't the decision to allow the Tattoo gate playes to play the bowl game okayed by the NCAA?  Someone help me on this.

Yes, but only because Tressel was still lying then and had not told the NCAA that he knew all along.  The NCAA only knew about the tats, not that Tressel knew. 



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:48 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

"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."

I may be mistaken, but wasn't the decision to allow the Tattoo gate playes to play the bowl game okayed by the NCAA?  Someone help me on this.





Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Guess what Gordo? Precedent has now been set for the next offender (by definition, precedent has to be set sometime).  Put that in your lawyer pipe and smoke it.



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:41 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Isn't Gee the guy that called TCU one of the Sisters of the Poor? Now contrast how The Ohio State, feeling as though they are entitled, handled their breach of conduct with how TCU handled theirs?

Maybe Gee was right. Maybe TCU has the humility that one would associate with The Sisters of the Poor while Ohio State sees itself as royalty and all the peasants should accept what they do becaues Kings are always right.

Ohio State Gees while TCU haws.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:37 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Gordon Gee and Ohio State should have got a lot more then they did. Like Gee says the lesser conferences should be the one with bowl bans not his Ohio State.



Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Does this guy have an off switch?  If so, someone over in Columbus needs to use it pronto, before he embarrasses the university more than he already has.


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