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.