Life on the plantation

Easily the most towering line of bullshit yesterday came from Ohio State’s Gene Smith, who apparently said with a straight face, “I just want to give our kids a chance to play.”

Right, Gene.  That’s why we saw all those stories yesterday about how you and your fellow people in charge spent time discussing the change with college athletes before the announcement.

That being said, if they’re going to be their usual paternalistic selves, at least Bob Bowlsby (!) came up with a rationale for the schedule reduction that actually does show some consideration for their charges.

“The only advantage to [a conference-only schedule] is you can spread the games out over more weeks,” Bowlsby said. “It doesn’t mean you’re going to start your schedule the first week of October. You’re going to try to start it on time and spread it out so you have more time to recover and more time to get over outbreaks…”

Of course, he said it in the context of his complaint about the Big Ten getting out ahead of things, so don’t give him too much credit there.


Filed under It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant, The Body Is A Temple

7 responses to “Life on the plantation

  1. Derek

    Gene could have said: “well they aren’t here at OSU to take chemistry now are they?!”

    “Only?” Flexibility seems rather significant to me, Bob.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    A conference only schedule? Somewhere, Woody Hayes is smiling.


  3. CEPH

    Gene Smith better watch his back. He has the Corch lurking in the shadows in another office next to him. The Corch might like the layout of Smiths office better than his, just sayin!!!!!!


  4. FlyingPeakDawg

    The AD’s and Disney are winning the early battles. It’s about the money and college presidents are going to sit down after making feeble attempts at proclaiming its about the children.

    Interesting side bet…does Notre Dame, being left out of meaningful schedules, grab the “high road” and side with the Ivy’s for reputation’s sake?


  5. practicaldawg

    Hopefully this will become a case study in Corch’s OSU leadership ethics course