“We were caught in the tsunami of all the things that were going on, and we were the big fish on the line. The NCAA was under great pressure to impose sanctions, and my strong belief is … if we would have self-imposed, we still would’ve had a bowl ban,” Gee said yesterday while he toured the Statehouse with coach Urban Meyer and some players from the Buckeyes’ 12-0 team.
Asked how he came to that conclusion, Gee mentioned his close ties to NCAA president Mark Emmert; Oregon State president Ed Ray, former chair of the NCAA’s executive committee; and Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams II, who serves on the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which handles enforcement of NCAA rules.
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