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Gordon Gee speaks, envisions schools leaving NCAA behind

E. Gordon Gee

It seems whenever Gordon Gee speaks, it is at least worth mentioning. This time Gee was not opening his mouth and inserting his foot the way he tended to do from time to time while serving as president at Ohio State. Now the interim president at West Virginia, Gee shared some of his expectations for the future of collegiate athletics and his vision may line up with some of the popular expectations for the future.

Gee believes there will come a time when the power conferences and bigger schools will have either their own sets of rules to operate under the NCAA banner, which has become a favorable option across the NCAA membership, or will split from the organization entirely to form their own league or organization. The man who once made headlines for comparing the likes of Boise State to the little sisters of the poor understands it is difficult to govern all of the schools under the same guidelines.

“There’s so many varied interests,” Gee told The Chronicle. “It’s not that they shouldn’t be in competition, but frankly, when they’re all under the same tent, they pummel each other to death—whereas when you have some segregation with connectivity, you can have a much more powerful stringed organization.”

A vote during the recent NCAA conference showed there is growing support for the concept of autonomy for the power conferences, which is the idea it seems Gee is in favor of. West Virginia, like Ohio State, would fall under that group of schools and conferences that would figure to benefit from the idea.

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12 Responses to “Gordon Gee speaks, envisions schools leaving NCAA behind”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Jan 24, 2014 8:08 PM

    Hasn’t he disappeared after the tattoo fiasco at theOSU?It’s about time his 15 minutes of fame has expired.

  2. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 24, 2014 8:18 PM

    Did he say what he thought about Notre Dame and how they fit in?

  3. audiguy says: Jan 24, 2014 9:39 PM

    This guy is a tool. His comments prove he is a card carrying member of the KKK. He is a great fund raiser for “The Ohio State of Drop outs”. Loser in every way. Should be ashamed of himself.

  4. ftsorigin says: Jan 24, 2014 10:08 PM

    Always laugh at all the OSU ranting! Pretty sure Dr. Gee knows what he is talking about on this subject as I have heard these rumors building now for quite some time. I will also strongly stand up for Dr Gee even though he can stick his foot in his mouth he is one of the most engaging, gifted and downright funny public speakers I have ever listened to! I can see why he raised Billions in donor funds while President at Ohio State. WVU is fortunate to have him as their
    Interim President.

    It will be fun when the 4 super conferences begin their
    Own athletic association and begin to actually allow stipends
    For student athletes.

  5. vincentbojackson says: Jan 25, 2014 9:09 AM

    People like Gordon Gee are what’s wrong with college sports. This guy is a clown.

  6. watchfullhose says: Jan 25, 2014 11:23 AM

    “audiguy | Jan 24, 2014, 9:39 PM EST
    This guy is a tool. His comments prove he is a card carrying member of the KKK. He is a great fund raiser for “The Ohio State of Drop outs”. Loser in every way. Should be ashamed of himself.”

    Thanks for providing today’s sinning example of ignorance. Simple minds will hear what they want to hear…

  7. delashmit says: Jan 25, 2014 11:33 AM

    E. Gordon Gee is a babbling idiot!!!

  8. bigbuckeye76 says: Jan 25, 2014 6:48 PM

    I can’t stand the man.

    But in this case, I agree. The NCAA is a sham and I am sick of their nonsense.

  9. musketmaniac says: Jan 25, 2014 10:28 PM

    lol, I got to start reading the local paper, again. I live in Morgantown and am now informed that we have the pleasure of his second coming.

  10. dmvtransplant says: Jan 26, 2014 1:00 PM

    Why do they keep interviewing this guy?

  11. musketmaniac says: Jan 26, 2014 10:45 PM

    he sells newspapers

  12. riffusa says: Jan 27, 2014 3:35 PM

    Gee’s a very smart administrator, but on this matter he’s only speaking to what was becoming clearly apparent a few years ago.

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