If you have been looking for a villain in the ongoing discussion about Boise State and TCU in the BCS Championship game, look no further than Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee. With his disrespectful remarks about the highly-ranked BCS outsiders, he has now come to personify everything fans hate about college football.
Let’s go through the checklist of a loathsome figure of authority for college football, shall we? To start off, the figure has to show a lack of expertise in the sport that they are commenting on. Here is what Gee had to say, from ESPN.com:
“Well, I don’t know enough about the Xs and Os of college football.”
Next, how about an outrageous sense of entitlement and a statement that drips with elitism?
“”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.”
“So I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there’s some reason to believe that they [may] not be the best teams to [be] in the big ballgame.”
Check. If Gee thinks that the Big Ten – which does not currently have a conference title game – is a gauntlet, then he should have his head examined. And to make a blanket statement about the quality of teams in the Mountain West and Western Athletic Conferences (where TCU and Boise State, respectively, play) is pretty classless.
But then again, being from Ohio State, Gee probably doesn’t know what constitutes being one of the best teams in the game. Since their..let’s say “fortunate”…win in the 2003 BCS Championship Game over Miami, Ohio State has been drubbed by a combined score of 79-38 in their last two chances in the title game. Maybe he is afraid that Boise or TCU may fall flat on their face on the big stage just like his Buckeyes so often have.
To finish off our checklist, how about we hear Gee defend the bloated, outdated, borderline-corrupt bowl system that makes the ending of every college football season an incoherent mess?
“If you put a gun to my head and said, ‘What are you going to do about a playoff system [if] the BCS system as it now exists goes away?’ I would vote immediately to go back to the bowl system,” he said.
It may be natural to get angry about what Gee said, but the best revenge the sporting world can deliver is for him to have to watch a Boise State-TCU title game. After this display, such a fate is well-deserved.