If no one is there to try to take advantage of it, can it really be a crisis?

Hey, it’s everyone’s favorite bow-tied, in over his head, college president, asking people to respect his authoritah:

Stewart Mandel ($$) points out that Gee’s “probably” is doing a fair amount of heavy lifting there.

Since the day he was introduced as commissioner last spring, Kliavkoff has made it unequivocally clear his conference supports CFP expansion. He voiced support for the 12-team model proposed by a subcommittee of commissioners in June. “We believe allowing more teams and athletes to compete for a national championship is a win for the Pac-12 and for our football players,” he said at the conference media day.

Also, this rare moment of honesty:

That doesn’t exactly sound like a guy who’s ready to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Um… you don’t suppose Gee is clumsily trying to blackmail some P5 conference into providing his school with a safe harbor in the event the Big 12 implodes, do you?  I mean, that would be wrong.  Unless it was for the kids, of course.

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17 responses to “If no one is there to try to take advantage of it, can it really be a crisis?

  1. Ran A

    n. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
    n. An act or instance of such falseness.
    n. Dissimulation of one’s real character or belief; especially, a false assumption of piety or virtue; a feigning to be better than one is; the action or character of a hypocrite.
    n. Comments and acts of But-thurt schools and conferences that lossed out on Oklahoma and Texas.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’m a big cynic about this college being better than that college, and all this top national academic program stuff, but it says a lot about E. Gordon Gee that he went from being President of Ohio State to being president of West Virginia. Not an upward career move Gordo.

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    • 79dawg

      As I recall, he was president of Vandy first. I believe he was the one who set the stage for the beheading of their athletic department, and then as soon as he hauls ass for Ohio State, he tries to become Mr. College Athletics power broker (remind you of anyone we know (and hate!)). Then he got shipped to WV, where he wants to minimize academics and just focus on athletics – he has a true gift, for the grift!!!

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  3. Ran A

    Ah hell, let’s try this again…

    Hypocrisy:

    n. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
    n. An act or instance of such falseness.
    n. Dissimulation of one’s real character or belief; especially, a false assumption of piety or virtue; a feigning to be better than one is; the action or character of a hypocrite.
    n. Comments and acts of But-thurt schools and conferences that lossed out on Oklahoma and Texas.

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  4. This coming from the same guy who told me face to face at the Music City Bowl against Boston College (Gee was at Vandy at the time) that a playoff would never happen because the college presidents wouldn’t allow it.

    How’d that work out, Gordon?

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  5. Gordon Gee … the poster nerd for everything wrong with higher education.

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  6. ASEF

    “Nice sport ya got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.”

    Lol. You actually have to be in a position to follow through, Gordon.

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  7. Bulldawg Bill

    In my estimation, with SEC expansion, CFP expansion is crucial. With the added competition in the conference we will end up “eating our own”, possibly limiting our access to one, (or none) team in the playoff. Yeah, I know that the SEC’s position in the playoffs is supposedly sacrosanct, but with this bunch of barracudas, ya’ never know. Of course, YMMV.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      I’m not terribly worried, but hey maybe that makes the SEC Championship Great Again.

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      • Tony BarnFart

        In other words, we can live in our own world without them. We have the talent, the money, the fan interest and the better product top to bottom. They can exclude us all they want and we’ll just crown our champion the national champion and watch the few outposts with actual fans outside of the south get mad about it.

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  8. Shorter Gordon G…”My vote is for sale!”

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  9. W Cobb Dawg

    In other ‘insider’ news, College Football Playoff Board is preparing announcement that an opening is imminent…

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  10. theorginaldawgabides

    West Virginia knows they are screwed. They will be one of the Big 12 members left without a P5 home when that conference implodes. I’ve seen a chart that shows they are the lowest rated P5 school academically, and by a large margin. They bring no value to any of the remaining conferences. The Big 10 wouldn’t take them on academics alone, the SEC doesn’t need them, and PAC12 isn’t taking anyone. The only faint hope they have is the ACC adding them in a desperate panic to keep up if expansion continues.

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    • 606dawg

      I don’t know. The sec might like access to the NO VA, metro DC television market, they’d be at least as competitive in football as Vandy and USC, they’d help the basketball profile, and they’re in the geographical footprint of the SEC. I can see them in the SEC.

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      • Tony BarnFart

        Old television market data is out, brand / streaming is in…… Nobody is getting fired up about WVU, they’d be about as valuable as Arkansas if Arkansas wasn’t already in the SEC.

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  11. bigjohnson1992

    He just reminded me how much I hate bow-ties and the people that wear them.

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