Ohio State President To Press For Changes To College Athletics
Gordon Gee will have "zero tolerance" for player misbehavior
July 13, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The new president at Ohio State University, the nation's largest, says college athletics must be fixed at the national level and he will have "zero tolerance" for player misbehavior at Ohio State.
Gordon Gee disbanded the athletics department at Vanderbilt University because he felt sports had become too separate from the rest of the university. He doesn't believe the same approach would work or is needed at Ohio State, but his philosophy is the same.
Ohio State, the national runner-up in football and men's basketball last year, is emerging from a troubled period highlighted by the conviction of former football star Maurice Clarett last year on charges of aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.
"I have zero tolerance for those who do not live by the rules of the university or by the rules of the organizing body," Gee said in an interview Friday. "It's very important for us to set a very high standard for ourselves."
He said Ohio State won't have a bigger fan for players' on-field performance. But, he added, "I'm going to be here to support you to make sure that what we do off the field is consistent with the philosophy and values of the university."
Gee's approach fits the way things work now at Ohio State, athletics director Gene Smith said.
"The focus should always be on what we're here for and that is to educate and to help these young people get their degrees," Smith said. "There's no other priority higher than that."
Earle Bruce quote from Columbus Dispatch article:
"Bruce also defended Tressel and said he was trying to protect the players the way former Ohio State coaches would have done.
'I wouldn't turn in players. I would try to help them, and coach (Woody) Hayes did the same thing.'"
Also of note:
"Since 2006, the NCAA has sanctioned 27 schools for violating bylaw 10.1, which requires coaches and others to be truthful and forthcoming about possible NCAA violations. Of the 12 coaches involved, only one kept his job. The others either resigned or were fired by their schools."
Just curious if anyone has heard the latest BS Report on ESPN with Jalen. Jalen paints a picture of Ed Martin quite different from what I have always heard. It's really quite interesting. His claim is that Ed was a guy that helped kids stay off the street. Kind of an uncle figure and that he had no connection or influence with Michigan.
Bill Simmons had concussion expert Chris Nowinski on this weekend, talking about all the damage being done:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/simmons/ (top right)
During the podcast, Simmons asked whether in a few years football would turn into boxing, with mostly poor minorities participating because they didn't have much to lose. As soon as he said this, all I could think about was "Pahokee, man". As a well-off non-athlete, how much responsiblity do I bear for watching these kids bludgeon themselves, possibly causing long term damage?
On this website you can search cases of NCAA violations using a variety of factors, like which violation or even keywords: https://web1.ncaa.org/LSDBi/exec/miSearch. It's pretty cool.
If there are any MGoBlogers out there with extra time and an interest in seeing how Tresselgate could/should go down, an analysis of similar situations would be awesome. A diary of it would be worth paying for.
 - OSU should be looking at violations for: (1) failure to report knowledge of violations; (2) unethical conduct; (3) failure to monitor; (4) ineligible participation; and (5) failure to withold ineligible student-athletes from competition. They could be looking at: lack of institutional control it those emails were forwarded (which seems to be the case from Tressel's "uh-huh" response to the reporter's question before Smith shut him up).