Gene Smith Clarifies Statements to Lantern

By 11W Staff on May 24, 2012 at 9:23a
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After making some comments in a Lantern article from late last night that that took fans aback a bit, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith clarifies those statements this morning:

“Contrary to reports attributed to me, Ohio State Athletics is not facing any major NCAA violations,” Smith said. “There are several secondary violations being processed by our compliance office. These are similar to those released last week. Again, these are secondary in nature and consistent with our culture of self-reporting even the most minor and inadvertent violations.

“Again, to be clear, the Ohio State football program, its coaches and staff are not facing any violations.”“Contrary to reports attributed to me, Ohio State Athletics is not facing any major NCAA violations,” Smith said. “There are several secondary violations being processed by our compliance office. These are similar to those released last week. Again, these are secondary in nature and consistent with our culture of self-reporting even the most minor and inadvertent violations.

“Again, to be clear, the Ohio State football program, its coaches and staff are not facing any violations.”

Let's just hope this time Gene is right and that the football program is not facing any violations.

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Irricoir's picture

/Breathes deep and then looks at gene smith with sincere disapproval 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Denny's picture

"Also, I still really don't understand why we got that bowl ban."

Taquitos.

beserkr29's picture

Gene Smith:  master of all he surveys in Derp-land.

dubjayfootball90's picture

I had to read real deep into to this, but I think that the main message is that tOSU FB program is not facing any major violations..... I think.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

TLB's picture

you are correct.  and there will be no bowl ban.

LABuckeye's picture

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

yoderdame's picture

How and WHY does this man still have a job?

rdubs's picture

because he is the best athletic director in the country

BuckeyeSki's picture

Really?

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

rdubs's picture

I said it to get a rise, but actually if you look at the entire athletic department in terms of performance on the field and in the classroom, the Buckeyes have NEVER been better.  Since we have the largest athletic department I would argue that makes him the best AD in the country.

flipbuckeye's picture

That's great, but are we going to face any major violations?

RedStorm45's picture

I for one have had it with this moron.  Says explicitly, they may be secondary, they might not. Then the next day, they're not major.  WTF you idiot.  Just can him.  He has no idea what he's talking about, directly contributed to one of the 46 secondary violations, and still is under the impression we won't have a bowl ban.  Why should we listen to anything he says because he has about a 25% success rate.

CincyOSU's picture

He actually made it clear he was misquoted by the lantern. And to be fair to him, his violation shouldn't even be one and he was right last year to not expect a bowl based on past cases. Now his mouth, and his constant daring of the NCAA to give a bowl ban is another issue.

RedStorm45's picture

I don't care about what should or shouldn't be a violation, as AD he knows the rules and he broke them.  As for the bowl ban, we were repeat offenders.  Repeat offenders don't get the same treatment as other shcools.

RedStorm45's picture

Also, misquoted? Listen to the audio and tell me how that's misquoted.

Troy0782's picture

"60% of the time he's right everytime"

Bucksfan's picture

Gene Smith definitely smells like some Sex Panther.

cplunk's picture

Awesome. This made my day

BuckeyeSki's picture

Why is this steve harvey lookin' clown still employed? He makes the university looks worse and worse with every word he speaks...

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MilwaukeeBuck's picture

Being a slow news day, eSECspin is running with this and i anticipate 5,000+ comments soon.  Hopefully this is really much ado about nothing.  I thought the only gray boxes for a while would be happy ones....

BrewstersMillions's picture

They replaced the hard hitting IPod story in which it was implied that OSU was giving IPads away (which they arent) with a headline that says "Ohio State AD:More Violations Pending"....which isn't remotley close to what Smith said is it? But why would ESPN bother reading anything when they can just put out a headline....
 

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

CincyOSU's picture

What are you talking about? Could it be that you inferred that they implied that because of your dislike of ESPN? Nothing in what they wrote made OSU look shady at all in regards to the iPod situation. They article evens states that they are loaners. And when the story about the 12 new violations first broke, that was the quote being attributed to Smith. ESPN even updated the article at 10:22 and included his comments on how he was misquoted. Its' your right to feel how you want about ESPN, just don't make something there that isn't.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Their clever use of the headlines is what I'm mainly referring to. The headline about the Ipad thing is "OSU to begin giving athletes IPads this fall". Then later goes on to say that OSU will loan them, so why use the word "GIVING" in the headline?. That is a cleverly worded headline that draws on Ohio State's tumultuous last 18 months. The Violations headline reads "OSU AD:More Violations Pending". The first sentence of said article "Ohio State has several pending NCAA violations that could be classified as major or secondary, athletic director Gene Smith told the school's student newspaper."
Now I've read Gene Smith's comments and I fail to see the word "Major" in there anywhere. It's poor quality from an organization who has the market cornered on it.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

CincyOSU's picture

I agree that the headlines are misleading but nearly EVERY news organization does this...so ppl read the article. Its not an ESPN hates OSU thing, its just the bait and switch tactic that pervades "journalism" nowadays. SI.com did the same thing with both stories...why not point them out?
Here is a snippet from the orignal story in the lantern which caused all the uproar this morning. Its easy to see where some outlets got the idea of major violations....primary is the same thing as major and if I'm not mistaken the verbage used by the NCAA.
 
Smith told The Lantern Tuesday the athletic department has 12 pending NCAA violations, and he doesn’t know if they will be deemed primary or secondary violations.

“We’ve got 12 pending,” Smith said. “It may turn out to be secondary. It may not.”

BrewstersMillions's picture

Which isn't "Might be either major or secondary". Words are important, especially when ESPN readers are large in number and short on critical thinking skills. Sentences like that shift the thinking of the reader. That's all I'm saying here.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

CincyOSU's picture

Actually your quote from above pulled this from ESPN The Violations headline reads "OSU AD:More Violations Pending". The first sentence of said article "Ohio State has several pending NCAA violations that could be classified as major or secondary,
It is true that OSU has new violations pending and they even state that they COULD(same as might, maybe, etc) be secondary or major.
Look I agree that headlines are misleading, but like I said its not just ESPN and is this case I don't think it was THAT far out of line.
We really don't need to be arguing about this, it's more just a difference in how we interpretted the articles. Lets just be happy that this isn't another serious issue.

cplunk's picture

Can you explain why when other schools began doing this none of them warranted a headline but OSU does? Osu is not the first and not the only. 
That is my issue with ESPN. OSU consistently shows up in headlines for things that routinely occur at other schools. The other schools do not receive such headlines. Thus the implication that OSU is doing something wrong.
The bias is not in the article, nor in what the article covers, it is that the article is only written when OSU is involved. 
 
 
 

cal3713's picture

Because more people care about OSU than almost any other university in the country... so our mundane news is more relevant than everyone else's.

CincyOSU's picture

First off...why are you singling out ESPN? You are guilty of the same thing you accuse them of. SI.com, Sportingnews, CBS Sports, Yahoo, etc have all had stories about OSU's minor violations....yet some of us feel the need to single out ESPN as if they are the only ones. Alabama had a story on nearly all sports sites last year when they self reported 44 violations. Below are two more examples from ESPN on others schools who committed secondary violations. The articles are there for ALL teams...we just have a very passionate, and large, fanbase so the story seems bigger.
http://espn.go.com/blog/bigeast/post/_/id/24297/cincinnati-cited-for-secondary-violations
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5943523
 

Defend Youngstown's picture

I hate Gene Smith more than Brady Hoke.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Here's the audio from the Lantern's interview with Geno:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PANlMAiDWIo

Carolina Buckeye's picture

I don't think the lantern misquoted, I just think that ESPN and The Lantern took what Gene Smith said and deducted that if they aren't secondary, they will be major. They failed to recognize the possibility that if they aren't secondary, they might just not be violations at all.

I understand The Lantern is trying to be journalistic and give readers what they want, but come on, lets quit trying to unearth dirt on the football program.  Running articles like this is ridiculous and I can almost guarantee that is the last interview they  get with Gene.
 
Also, Gene, take that  size 12 boot and shove it in that mouth of yours.   You are an athletic director (we think) and we've seen your (in)ability to handle public relations, so quit trying to act like the SID or in a public relations role. Making garbage statements or any statements period about violations to a amateur news publication does nothing but open the university up for criticism and interrogation.

Since the Miami, Oregon, Auburn (when it was going on), UNC, all of those investigations started...you don't hear a word from their ADs, oh no, but not old Gene, he's gotta put his ass front and center and just be a lightning rod for criticism.

I actually don't blame E$ECPN for this one because our own AD was dumb enough to put it out there.  Keep it quiet Gene, Keep it quiet.

RedStorm45's picture

That's what we get for hiring the guy from Iowa State.

joel121270's picture

How friggin far does his foot have to be out the door before he is gone...He needs to be gone based on principle alone at this point....Just sayn

Jason Priestas's picture

Ohio State just released another statement:

 

May 24, 2012

Additional Information Regarding Ohio State

To clarify information and to be transparent with regard to information reported this morning about Ohio State athletics, no Ohio State athletics program is facing any major NCAA issues.

There are 12 secondary NCAA issues being processed by the athletics compliance office. These are similar to those released last week. All are secondary in nature and consistent with the department’s culture of self-reporting all issues.

Football – The compliance office approved the use of mini basketballs during a football winter conditioning workout.

Men’s Gymnastics – The practice activities of a gymnastics alum were publicized.

Institutional – Two baseball prospective student-athletes arrived on campus for official visits before being placed on the request list.

Institutional – Athletics financial aid agreements were issued to three prospective student-athletes without being signed by the financial aid director.

Football – A former assistant football coach had an inadvertent contact or “bump” with a prospective student-athlete.

Field Hockey – A former assistant coach sent an email to a prospective student-athlete believing that she was a 2013 high school graduate.

Men’s Tennis – A high school football coach and friend of the tennis program’s head coach stopped by the tennis training facility unannounced with an assistant coach and four prospective student-athletes during a dead period.

Baseball – A prospective student-athlete in grade 12 registered and showed up for an Ohio State camp for participants in grades 9-11 even though he was told he was not eligible to compete at the camp. A t-shirt was given to the individual to defuse the situation when he got upset that he couldn’t compete.

Baseball – A prospective student-athlete received a complimentary admission to a home baseball game during a dead period.

Women’s Hockey – A former assistant coach inadvertently sent an email to a 2014 prospective student-athlete when the prospect was mistakenly entered into the recruiting data base by the previous coaching staff as a 2013 graduate.

Football – The program understood the aunt of a prospective student-athlete was his legal guardian and provided food and lodging expenses to her for the official visit.

Football – An assistant coach inadvertently posted on the Facebook wall of a 2013 prospective student-athlete, believing at the time he was using the email inbox function of Facebook.

In an effort to administer an athletics program consistent with the values of the NCAA and the university, we have consistently led the Big Ten Conference in self-reports as we have the largest number of sports and student-athletes. Ohio State has 36 varsity sports, while the average number of sports offered by the remaining 11 Big Ten institutions is 22. In addition, athletics staff and coaches at Ohio State have embraced the culture of identifying (as required under NCAA rules) even the smallest violation, investigating the matter and educating those involved.

Comment from Big Ten Conference Associate Commissioner, Compliance, Chad Hawley to Ohio State’s compliance office: “We are not concerned about the quantity of violations. Division I athletics is a highly regulated environment with a self-reporting requirement. When it is clear that a violation has occurred, we expect our institutions to report the violation. Ohio State has a well-established practice of operating in this way.”

RedStorm45's picture

Mini basketballs? violation?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah, I guess you can't use a small version of a ball not intended for your sport in any sort of practice...I'm kidding. That as a violation is quite silly.

hodge's picture

A former assistant football coach had an inadvertent contact or “bump” with a prospective student-athlete.

Wonder if that's what Bielma had his panties in a bunch about.  I know that the infamous Sporting News hack job mentioned that Bielma was concerned about this.  Interesting to note, though, that it was a former assistant coach.  Couldn't have been Johnson or Haynes...I thought they were off prepping for the bowl game, perhaps Bill Sheridan during his legendary two week sabbatical?  Maybe this was during Fick's tenure?

pcon258's picture

oh lord, i wonder who the coach was that messed up the wall/inbox thing. i feel like that mightve been bollman...because those two features are pretty seperate, and it would take a real old-timer to mess that up haha 

ohst8buxCP's picture

"A former assistant football coach had an inadvertent contact or “bump” with a prospective student-athlete.".......The NCAA has to be kidding if this is a violation.

PharmBuck's picture

"Approved the use of mini basketballs" is a violation?
The NCAA is the biggest joke in the entire world. Followed closely by Gene Smith.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Sgt. Elias's picture

Gene in meme format:

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Lincoln's picture

We MUST get the women's hockey program under control.

OSUBias's picture

that might have been the funniest thing I've read all day, thank you for that

Shitter's full

Buckeye Chuck's picture

“Again, to be clear, the Ohio State football program, its coaches and staff are not facing any violations.”
Well, crap. We're facing violations.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

CowCat's picture

Using mini basketballs in a football practice.
MAJOR VIOLATION.  10 YEAR BOWL BAN.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

William's picture

^Challenged at resizing pics well. Sigh..
Also I put Death Penalty too high.

tennbuckeye19's picture

How did you get my class picture on there like that?

CowCat's picture

^ Lulz

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

deadbuckeyeinthelake's picture

fire him before its  to late

"Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!"

RedStorm45's picture

Dude, guys...I gave a recruit directions once.  NCAA Violation?

tankman's picture

Let me say this again.  WHY THE F(&K is Gene SMith the OSU AD?????? 
Can't we stop the violations??????? (small or large)

tankman's picture

QUIT BLAMING THE NCAA.  (includes this website)  Lets look at what we can do to fix the problem and stop "blaming the NCAA"!!!

CincyOSU's picture

There is absolutely NO WAY to completely stop secondary violations. They happen at every school at the same frequency we reported. Ppl are blaming the NCAA for making these rules in the first place. If you want to "fix the problem" then yes, the NCAA needs to change the way they do things. There is no punishment(virtually) for secondary violations so why even have them in the first place?

WoodysGlasses's picture

"They happen at every school at the same frequency"
Source?

CincyOSU's picture

I see that Capt Literal has made an appearance. All you need to do is a google search...You will see countless stories about secondary violations are various programs over the years. Last year Alabama reported 46 violations for example. Tenn and UC are other programs that have as well recently. Not really sure what you were trying to prove but nice try.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

After the women's hockey team spending four bucks above the NCAA-approved limit for those framed jerseys for the seniors on the team, and now a former assistant coach inadvertently sends an email to a 2014 prospective student-athlete when the prospect was mistakenly entered into the recruiting data base by the previous coaching staff as a 2013 graduate. It's time to terminate the women's hockey team. Just kidding!!!!! It's time to terminate the NCAA!!!!!