“What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher. I have no business talking about college football.” – Gordon Gee, 2010.
Yet he kept at it. And now he’s out of a job, presumably one he loves. Smart guy.
The lesson that should be taken away from his retirement isn’t that Gee suffers from an incurable case of oral diarrhea. It’s that Gee and Michael Adams and others of their ilk have an oversized impression of their abilities as captains of sport. They act as if the revenue spurts their schools enjoy from college athletics are the result of their shrewd business acumen. The reality is that they’re simply people in the right place at the right time who do just enough not to screw up the bounty they’ve been handed.
In other words, Gordon Gee is little more than Jed Clampett in a bow tie.
The real shame is that Mark Emmert’s strategy over the past couple of years has been to empower the school presidents with significant input in fashioning the NCAA’s direction. Which explains a lot, when you think about it.