oriental andrew

June 2nd, 2011 at 12:04 PM ^

David Tennant is my favorite new Doctor (possibly my favorite ever - he's "FANTASTIC!"), but Matt Smith has a certain je ne sais quois about him, also.  He's a pretty engaging fellow.  Then again, it's not as if Christopher Eccleston was a bad Doctor.  In fact, I've liked all three of the new Doctors.  They're all good.  


June 1st, 2011 at 9:50 PM ^

It would be kinda fun to see if people think that Gee or Smith is going to last longer, or possibly that both get the axe in a simultaneous bloodletting. He's no Gee-Whiz, that's for sure. I just hope he doesn't dismiss me from this board . . . 


June 2nd, 2011 at 12:00 PM ^

Gee: OK, then listen; let's not get caught.
Smith: What're you talkin' about?
Gee: Let's keep goin'!
Smith: What d'you mean?
Gee: ...Go.
Smith: You sure?
Smith: Yeah.


June 1st, 2011 at 10:00 PM ^

"Mr. Gee?  For 3 years your highest profile athlete pulled into the parking lot at the Woody Hayes Football complex in no less than 8 different new automobiles...... did ANYONE every notice or bother to inquire about those cars?"

"That is a legitimate question."

(awkward silence)

"A follow up question Mr. Gee, if you will?  Did anyone at any time ask any of the players how they were able to afford the intricate tattoo artwork that appeared on their arms, legs, torsos, and necks over the past 8 years?"

"That, too, is a legitmate question."



"Uh.  Ok.  One last question please, sir?  Do you think there are grounds for dismissing your athletic director, Gene Smith"

"HALOL.  That, my firend, is NOT a legitimate question.  Silly reporters."

(shakes his head as he walks away from the podium) "Dismiss Gene Smith!?!?!  Jesus, next you'll probably ask is if I should fire the most successful coach Ohio State has had since the great Woody Hayes."

"Don't you people have better things to report on?"



June 1st, 2011 at 10:09 PM ^

I liked the comment I saw elsewhere on the board about what happened to everyone in our compliance dept after the stretching scandal. Smith's "investigation" following the original tattoo controversey should draw extra wrath from the NCAA and therefore should get him fired.

Zone Left

June 1st, 2011 at 10:11 PM ^

OSU's strategy has to be to claim Tressel was able to manipulate the entire department. Firing Smith implies he didn't oversee things appropriately...which could also be written as lack of institutional control.

This is their only move.


June 2nd, 2011 at 7:55 AM ^

This is actually another symptom of a lack of institutional control. If the administration cannot handle discipline issues of their staff/students, why should the coaches? Seriously, this is not just the Tat5 investigation, this has been going on since Clarett, and has included multiple investigations, and this still was not turned up? Do they ever investigate the claims that they are self-reporting? Obviously the Board has to have a cause to fire these men, perhaps they are waiting for evidence to develop to avoid buyouts, but at the minimum they should be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the NCAA investigation.


June 1st, 2011 at 10:27 PM ^

"vote of confidence."  Otherwise known as, make sure you have your personals collected so security can exit you from the building in one swift motion.

If the NCAA doesn't come down with at least a 3-yr post-season ban and 10 schollies/yr and 5 yrs probation, they are a schill for the large profile $$$ programs.

If the university doesn't fire Gee and Smith and completely gut the compliance dept and entire football staff, they are making the singular statement, "the football program is bigger than the university."

This will end as either the most entertaining bust in major college sports or, be the biggest sham ever.


June 1st, 2011 at 10:28 PM ^

He is there for his ability to pull in major cash donors, and they are going through their biggest funding drive elsewhere. Maybe they will tell him to stfu about the scandal, let the NCAA take their course, deny & comply, and concentrate on raking in the dough...which is why he is there in any case.

Smith, however, is toast.

In The Shadow …

June 1st, 2011 at 10:49 PM ^

Gee to Smith:  Gene you are safe.  Have you seen the new countdown clock we have installed in your office?

Smith:  Yes I have.  Thanks Gordo.  Just one question..... what happens in 73 days?

Gee:  Well glad you asked.  That's when your safety net disolves.  Like I said you are safe, I just didn't mention how long you were safe.  Thanks again for doing such a fine job.  Now I just hope Tress doesn't come back and dismiss me.

Smith:  Thanks Gordo you sure are a POS.  Oh and by the way, I did hear that Tress was supposed to be back in town in August.


June 1st, 2011 at 10:52 PM ^

If they have any real sense at all they will do a clean sweep and remove anyone in the program that had any knowledge of wrong-doing. That would at least show the NCAA that they are doing what they have to do to right the ship. Notice if you will I said "if they have any real sense".


June 1st, 2011 at 10:53 PM ^

I actually met Gee back in the spring of 2007, when he was still the chancellor at Vanderbilt. I was a wait listed student taking a tour and desperately trying to get into Vandy (admittedly UM wasn't my first choice then, though I couldn't be happier that is where I ended up). During the campus tour, the tour guide kept emphasizing how loved Gee was by all of the students and how he would always be around campus meeting them. At the end of the tour, I saw him talking to a group of students and decided to go for broke & introduce myself. He was impressed that I introduced myself & took down my info. We e-mailed back and forth a bit, and he made clear that I would be very well positioned for the waitlist.

Needless to say, I received a letter in July stating Vanderbilt had filled their spots and thus the remaining waitlist would be dissolved. I sent one last (polite) e-mail to Gee basically thanking him for his help, but that I wasn't admitted and would have to go elsewhere. I never received a response. Shortly thereafter, he bolted to OSU. Dishonest for life.

Fwiw, I also would be astonished if he was canned. He'll can Smith to save himself. Besides the massive NCAA scandal, he has ably managed the place so far and is a big name.


June 2nd, 2011 at 8:10 AM ^

After the sister's of the poor comment and hoping coach doesn't dismiss him, within a half-year of one another, he has made Ohio State a laughing stock nationally. I would say that his job should be on the line now. Obviously this began with a previous administration, but why didn't he suspect/demand an investigation upon his return in 2007? It should have been easy then as he was not connected to it in any way, John Cooper's comments make it clear that under his first run at President Compliance was everywhere on campus.

I have always said, that ever since that 11 year run under Cooper, Buckeye Nation has never been the same. They sold Michigan gear on High Street acrossed the street from campus in the early '90s, many of their national fans went into hibernation. I live in Florida, and up until about 7 years ago, you NEVER saw Buckeye gear (and my entire family are Buckeye graduates/fans). Since the National Championship, they are EVERYWHERE. Once they experience another bad spell, most will go away once again and root for the FSUs of the world. Right now they truly believe they are invincible, even without Tressel.