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Ohio State AD confident in direction toward autonomy

Gene Smith

With the vote on a potentially drastic change to the way the NCAA operates coming up in a few weeks, Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith is feeling confident about the result. The age of autonomy for the 65 power conference schools, including Ohio State, has some critics and skeptics, but Smith is confident the vote will be passed, allowing for schools from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC to provide more to student-athletes.

“I think the outcome is going to be highly positive,” Smith said to The Columbus Dispatch. “I think in the end, we’ll be able to do what we want to do for our student-athletes in our types of institutions.”

Smith’s comments come the same week SEC commissioner Mike Slive issued a stern warning to the NCAA suggesting the SEC would be prepared to move forward with a split from the current structure if needed (this is the Division IV concept being sparked once again). Smith feels that Slive and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany — expected to make similar statements at Big Ten media days in a couple of weeks — are not issuing empty threats.

“We have strong support from our presidents,” Smith said to The Columbus Dispatch. “Mike Slive and Jim Delany don’t make their comments without the support of the individual institutions, which means the presidents have signed off on it. So each conference in the top five has gone through a process to get agreement from the presidents that if these things aren’t in place, at the vote, then we have to look at a different structure.”

In order for the proposal granting autonomy to pass, a two-thirds majority of the 65 schools from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC (including Notre Dame) is required. At this point, it sounds as though the motion will pass. Conferences are already preparing for what to do next once the proposal is passed. The power conferences are already uniting in the push to have the proposal approved.

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13 Responses to “Ohio State AD confident in direction toward autonomy”
  1. wolfman55h says: Jul 18, 2014 9:41 AM

    That great big ‘F you’ the NCAA Gestapo has had coming is about to be here. It’s about damn time.

  2. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 18, 2014 9:45 AM

    I am confident that Ohio State will get another beat down in its next bowl game

  3. dmarado says: Jul 18, 2014 10:31 AM

    I wouldn’t call a game that wasn’t over until the last minute a “beat-down” but that’s just me.

  4. rolltide510 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:52 AM

    That’s how smack talk works – if you lose in the last minute on a lucky bounce of the ball, naturally it means you were dominated for four quarters.

  5. scbaby2013 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:55 PM

    NCAA is all about $ and bullying…time for it to die like the bcs

  6. jrs45 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:56 PM

    brownsmakemecrazy,

    Beatdown? When was this? Maybe against fla and lsu but not Clemson lol

  7. ducksk says: Jul 18, 2014 3:31 PM

    Smith is a buffoon. And has always been way over his head. How does he keep his job?

  8. irishlad19 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:56 PM

    Another step onto the slippery slope that leads to professionalizing CFB.
    The ultimate result will be “schools” sponsoring teams whose players are employees, but not students, training for the NFL.

  9. dmarado says: Jul 18, 2014 4:31 PM

    Another step onto the slippery slope that leads to professionalizing CFB.
    The ultimate result will be “schools” sponsoring teams whose players are employees, but not students, training for the NFL.

    ——-

    How is this different from the current system?

  10. jrs45 says: Jul 18, 2014 4:58 PM

    ducksk,

    You’re referring to Hoke right???

  11. excessivedrinking says: Jul 18, 2014 9:42 PM

    How is Smith still employed? He luckily escaped knowing everything about the whole Tressell fiasco, and has repeatedly added absolutely nothing to the university. I just assumed he had pictures of the former peter puffer prez, but somehow he is still making a paycheck.

  12. huskywolverine says: Jul 18, 2014 10:48 PM

    I’m a Michigan grad, and though it pains me to say this, Ohio State has one of the best run athletic departments in the country. Tressell fiasco aside, you can’t argue with the results or hires (Exhibit A: Luring Meyer after his Florida “retirement”). That’s why Smith has a job.

  13. marooncat79 says: Jul 19, 2014 5:48 AM

    Thats a huge “about face” from previous comments. He has been in the “it will destroy amateur athletics bandwagon”

    I am sure that the Big 11 Presidents put him in line

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