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E. Gordon Gee now open to a playoff

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Either the Mayans were right, or hell is freezing over and The Eagles are on tour again.

Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee can be added to the growing list of people — and from the Big Ten, no less — who are now, at the very least, open to the idea of a playoff vs. the current BCS format.

Appearing on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Gee admitted that he is prepared to hear ideas on a college football playoff.

“The world changes,” Gee said.

Not exactly the most passionate endorsement, but I’ll take it.

Gee has been an advocate of the BCS, not to mention keeping “The Little Sisters of the Poor” out of the championship game at one point, but his change of heart is the latest in the ever-shifting philosophy among powers-that-be who find dwindling fan attendance and TV ratings in the current postseason setup just isn’t cutting it.

NCAA president Mark Emmert and even Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany have even come out, albeit cautiously, and expressed their openness of pursuing some sort of postseason change. What that change will be and when it will happen remains one big question mark.

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27 Responses to “E. Gordon Gee now open to a playoff”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    If an equitable system can be found that will please the majority of the teams and conferences, what has the NCAA to lose. Minus the beneficiaries of the current system, I am sure a lot of folks would agree that something needs to change.

  2. vincentbojackson says: Feb 13, 2012 7:51 PM

    Nothing like horrendous bowl attendance and viewership to get a fossil like Gee to wake up.

  3. lakesidegator says: Feb 13, 2012 7:58 PM

    Please, there are some decent movies on. Go watch one.

  4. polegojim says: Feb 13, 2012 8:26 PM

    Gee is just plain s-l-o-w.

    Of course they’re going to have playoffs.

  5. hovenaut says: Feb 13, 2012 8:36 PM

    The world changes……up next for the EGG……neckties!

  6. lemmam says: Feb 13, 2012 8:40 PM

    It’s a toss-up between the bigger clown who wears bow ties – E. Gordon Gee @ The Ohio State University or R. Bowen Loftin @ Texas A&M University. One thing is for sure however, neither one know diddly squat about major college football

  7. southernpatriots says: Feb 13, 2012 8:41 PM

    polegojim: You KNOW we will get playoffs now that Gee is backing it! ha.

    Welcome to the bandwagon Gee, and thanks for changing your mind from the last time you made public announcements against it. Let’s see you were against it, before you are now for it. Okay, we got it.

  8. lbijake says: Feb 13, 2012 9:26 PM

    Doesn’t this guy ever just shut up???

  9. ufullpj says: Feb 13, 2012 9:56 PM

    How the hell did Ohio State do so well with both The Vest and The Bow Tie employed at the same time?

    Joking aside, Gordon Gee needs to invest in a very simple philosophy with regard to his involvement, at least in public, with college athletics:

    Less is more.

  10. tuckfexas says: Feb 13, 2012 10:19 PM

    Nice to see the BCS finally going to sh!t and getting more and more people to realize what the people really want to see.

    The clowns running the BCS better be working on their resumes.

  11. Deb says: Feb 13, 2012 10:33 PM

    On one hand, I’m glad a major university president is on board. But, gee, did it have to be Gee? He’s fast becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of university presidents. Please, someone, unplug his mic.

  12. gatorprof says: Feb 13, 2012 10:45 PM

    Re: “He’s fast becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of university presidents. ”

    Grandpa Simpson is more appropriate….

  13. woebegong says: Feb 13, 2012 10:54 PM

    Gee has to have a sizable mouth considering he always stick his foot in it, whenever he speaks behind a podium.
    Don’t think I will ever forget his statement about the head football coach firing him. That was a Kodak moment in college sports.

  14. dkhhuey says: Feb 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    God I know playoffs are a bad thing for college football now that the bow tie is talking about it. Uff – I will be the first one to say ‘I told you so’ when everybody that is in favor of a playoff starts bitching and complaining about ‘the playoffs’ every single year.

  15. woebegong says: Feb 14, 2012 11:50 AM

    With the diversified fan bases in college football, you will never get 200% agreement, no matter the system to be used to determine the best team in any year. It is inevitable that this will happen though, with the SEC winning 6 in a row and 7 out of the 11 BCS NC. I don’t think it will change a whole lot, but it is a different way of looking at arriving to the champion.

  16. Casey Robbins says: Feb 14, 2012 12:18 PM

    This doesn’t mean that Gee and the other University Presidents will allow the “little sisters of the poor” to ever be a part of the playoff system. It means, they’re looking for an alternative to replace the current system with a new one that does the same thing as the old one… make them money and keep it out of the hands of the “little sisters of the poor.” And to take the BCS out of the spotlight/radar of fans’ growing discontent.

    Rest assured that no matter what system they come up with, it’ll be different only in design. The end result will still be the same.

  17. woebegong says: Feb 14, 2012 12:26 PM

    Pretty much nailed it there my friend. More money and most likely the same results. The cream rises to the top, no matter the system. If the SEC were to dominate the playoffs and end up with the championship like they have in the BCS, watch for other conferences once again, to call for a restructuring of the play off system somehow, and the usual schools complaining once again.

  18. Casey Robbins says: Feb 14, 2012 12:47 PM

    @woebegong: Exactly. This was the case before the SEC had their string of titles… they were the ones calling for a restructuring of the system until they started being the greatest beneficiary of it. Same story, different day.

  19. tigersgeaux says: Feb 14, 2012 1:05 PM

    woebegong and Casey Robbins: Will we have to wait 10 – 15 years with the new system before the powers that be join together to change that system, or will they react faster next time? I guess we are all being cynical, but with reason.

  20. woebegong says: Feb 14, 2012 1:16 PM

    I think you might want to do some research on this a little bit. Before the BCS NC mess came into being, the SEC proposed a plus one type of system play off and with the exception of the ACC, nobody else wanted it. Now everybody is clamoring for it, because one conference is dominating the system. No system is going to please everybody in the college football world, and that is just a plain fact. Money to be made, by all, made it look appealing at first to all conferences. Gee is jumping on the band wagon, because he knows if he didn’t, he would be left out in the cold. There isn’t a lot that the SEC can do, about it, if they continue to dominate the football college world. It is all cyclical and someday, another conference will start dominating and there will be the cry’s of foul and the system needs to be changed once again. There will never be a system that will satisfy everybody, but I remember when the BCS system started up. It seems like almost unanimously, everybody agreed that it would work and is a good structure for determining the NC. Probably, in order to be equitable, they will have to include every conference in the the NCAA into the play off system. It will allow more money to be made and keep everybody happy for a while, but it still all boils down to the schools and conferences that have the best success when playing football, no matter what the conference. The weak conferences would benefit from the added funds, but they still have to be competitive or the out cry will be, that the games are almost per-ordained and the big schools, that are the heavy favorites will be forced to expose their teams the possibility of a freak injury and unless, they are played at one schools home field, versus a neutral site, they will not get the revenue they would at home.
    If anybody can come up with a system that generates tons of money and eliminate the human polls, as part of their equation, then you might have something going. I don’t know if that is possible though.

  21. woebegong says: Feb 14, 2012 1:18 PM

    The above comments were in answer to Casey Robbins comments, just so there is no confusion there Tiger.

  22. Casey Robbins says: Feb 14, 2012 1:27 PM

    @woebegong: That’s exactly what I said about the SEC. Before they were the beneficiaries of the current system, they were the ones proposing a playoff model.

    The system will never be equitable as long as the traditional powers control it. And they’ll see to it that it stays that way. That’s why I’m very skeptical about anything that they propose even if it includes a much-needed playoff system. Likely, they’ll determine the playoff participants much like they do the BCS bowls.

    You’re right, the human polls absolutely have to go. The whole reason that the previous bowl system was such a failure is because it determined the national champion based solely on human opinion polls. The only thing the BCS did was determine the two teams that would play for the title… but still largely determined by the human opinion polls which are and always have been biased toward the traditional powerhouses.

  23. Casey Robbins says: Feb 14, 2012 1:33 PM

    @tigersgeaux: That’s the question. I’d guess they’ll keep it as long as it makes them money hand over fist. Which may take another 10-15, maybe even 20 years. Unless change is forced upon the whole college football landscape, it’s going to be the same old song and dance repackaged as something else.

  24. tigersgeaux says: Feb 14, 2012 1:47 PM

    Casey Robbins: That is not an encouraging outlook, is it? Money, money, money. Thank you for your insight and quick response. Keep posting on here!

  25. Casey Robbins says: Feb 14, 2012 1:54 PM

    Lol, sorry. I’ve become disgruntled with the system. I hated it from the get go and every season gives me reason to hate it even more. And I’ve learned that the BCS isn’t a new thing. Before them it was the Bowl Alliance and the Bowl Coalition.

    And it all boils down to that one constant… the common denominator you just mentioned.

  26. polegojim says: Feb 14, 2012 5:16 PM

    @SouthernPats – exactly – new day, new position for G.

    Playoffs will make teams stronger and more determined. Take away consolation prizes and stress the Big Win.

    I’m sure they’ll keep some semblance of the Bowl System, for the exact reason Casey mentioned.

    Let’s accept reality folks… its ALL about the money.
    That’s what pays for College sports and education, builds stadiums, buys uniforms, and TV sets.

    It’s not ignoble, it’s just a fact.

  27. southernpatriots says: Feb 14, 2012 8:44 PM


    My family and I all agree with you, as usual. We have been wanting a playoff for so very long, it seems for a generation, though perhaps it is only 35 years. We were so upset at the national champion being determined by a popularity poll and then only to have the Harris (when the AP did not allow their poll to be used) and the USA Today Coaches’ poll making up 66% of the final determination is quite absurd. That only takes away the pure popularly poll that it once was by 1/3.

    Don’t know anything how the new playoffs will be but it would be absurd to me that the playoffs did not have the conference champions plus maybe another team or two. I am sure at least they will keep the bowl venues, if not the actual bowls. The players really like the bowls, any kind of bowls, it seems. The bowls themselves should come under much greater scrutiny. Most have branded themselves as giving to local and regional charities to justify their existence, at least in part. Investigations have revealed they pay more kickbacks to politicians than they give to charity.

    Now the other conference presidents and coaches want a playoff because they think it will increase their chance to have a contender in the NCG, and somehow break the hegemony of the SEC. However, if the SEC continues to build, hire the best coaches, build the best facilities, recruit the best athletes, etc. they will continue to excel with a playoff, with a bowl system, or other alternative.

    When I see the costs of building a state of the art practice facility today, or expand a stadium or pay the best coaches…it takes money, alot of money…a whole lot of money! Like you said so aptly, “it’s not ignoble, it’s just a fact.”

    I know we both will stay tuned and see what all the experts (hope they are not just ‘sperts!) determine for the future post-season of Div. 1 A FBS football. Should be interesting and be the talk of everyone and even gain new fans.

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