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.