Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ohio State President Gordon Gee and the BCS

Gordon Gee, President of Ohio State and BTW, an active member of the LDS church, voiced his opinion regarding non-BCS teams competing in the BCS.
"Well, I don't know enough about the X's and O's of college football," said Gee, formerly the president at West Virginia, Colorado, Brown and Vanderbilt universities. "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.
I am a Buckeye from the core but I absolutely disagree with his opinion regarding non-BCS teams competing on the national stage.

There are certainly weak teams in the WAC and in the Mountain West. But one only needs to consider some of the other BCS conferences, namely the Big East and the ACC. They are basketball conferences with organized football teams. Even in the stronger conferences, there are some pretty weak teams: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa State, UCLA, Colorado, Washington State, to name a few.

Boise State, Utah, TCU, BYU and even Fresno State and Nevada will give any team from the SEC, Big Ten, Pac Ten and Big 12 a tough game on any given Saturday. As a Buckeye fan, we need to schedule these non-BCS teams. I would welcome a home-home series against BSU, TCU or Utah. Anytime. Anyplace. Anywhere. It is better for the game. It is better for the fans.

The BCS is all about business, more importantly greed. The BCS teams are going out of their way to schedule 3-4 weak teams each season; i.e., I-AA teams, in order to pad their "wins". None of them will schedule Boise State or TCU.

Demeaning other schools and their athletic programs is based on ignorance and arrogance. Many share Gee's biased opinion. And that opinion is wrong.

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