Report: Texas Will Interview Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith; Smith Denies Report

October 31, 2013 at 3:16p    by Jason Priestas    
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NOT SO FAST

UPDATE 3:03 p.m. Gene Smith killed that pretty quickly.

Smith also released the following statement:

“I have the greatest respect for the University of Texas and one of my mentors, DeLoss Dodds. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be the athletics director at The Ohio State University. Reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate.”


Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will reportedly interview with Texas as the school continues its search to replace departing AD DeLoss Dodds.

Smith has held his position as Ohio State's athletic director since 2005, but drew the ire of some fans for his perceived mismanagement of the Tatgate saga. Smith, with experience running a massive athletic department, could be of interest to the Longhorns, but his PR stumbles during the Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel investigation may give the school pause.


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N8thegr8's picture

This kind of pisses me off. Not that I am huge fan of Gene Smith, I'd say I'm pretty neutral. But I wouldn't want to lose anyone to Texas! Really? I'd be cheering if it was like.. idk, Colorado? Or some scrub BCS or MAC school. But Texas irritates me. And the fact that he has even agreed to the interview pisses me off, too 

"Play for Ohio State or get beat by Ohio State. That simple." - Kirk Barton 

osu07asu10's picture

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Denny's picture

And the fact that he has even agreed to the interview pisses me off, too

If you're not out interviewing for other jobs from time to time (especially ones that can afford to throw tons of money at you), you're not very good at having a career.

Taquitos.

Geraffi's picture

Good point. Look how it pays off for coaches.

ronhack's picture

Gene Smith interviewing? Interesting! I believe as well as others. That Troy Smith should be and eventually will beThe Ohio State athletic director! Don't bash the messenger!

Ron hack

osu07asu10's picture

Two Time Heisman Trophy Winner, Athletic Director, Archie Griffin sounds just fine to me...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

tennbuckeye19's picture

I don't know, Archie used to work in the Athletic Office and got out of it to work with the Alumni Association. I'm not sure he'd want to go back. 

osu07asu10's picture

oh i agree, probably not. I don't think it's a good position for someone held in such high regard as Archie. Regardless of the public appearance, the AD position at any university is difficult, if not daunting at tOSU. 

If athletics were to fall off under the direction of Archie, it may tarnish a sterling, impeccable reputation!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

hetuck's picture

Archie is in the perfect place for him. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

hcazualcc's picture

nice, archie WAS responsible for getting USC on our schedule

BTBuckeye's picture

I would disagree...Keep Archie as the "face" of the Athletic Department and "awesome alumni dude" which he is excellent at.
Don't make Archie sit behind a desk! Keep those legs moving!

Seattle Linga's picture

Gotta keep feeding him the ball

OSUStu's picture

Don't bash the messenger!

Looks like that was ignored.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

BucksfanXC's picture

But when someone qualifies their own opinion with "Don't bash the messenger" who is the message coming from that your just passing it along?
-"Well my wife tells me my opinions, so don't bash the messenger, but in my opinion chocolate is inferior to vanilla."

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

OSUStu's picture

Oh yes.  I just found it humorous.   

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Denny's picture

"Texas looks for new Athletic Director, expected to hire the man who hired Dana Holgorsen"

Taquitos.

45OH4IO's picture

Really? Gene "Don't worry about a bowl ban" Smith? Huh.
(insert dead face Michigan fan girl GIF here)

bodast67's picture


Ask and ye shall receive...

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

osu07asu10's picture

i throw up in my mouth every time i see this...(buzz's gf) WOOF!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

tennbuckeye19's picture

Major props for the Home Alone reference.

osu07asu10's picture

Thanks, I was pretty excited about it

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

teddyballgame's picture

I recently learned that John Hughes didn't want to hurt a young girl's feelings so they used a boy for that photo of Buzz's GF...

45OH4IO's picture

Solid. Thanks bro. Internet high five!

bodast67's picture

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

BAR43's picture

I am fairly sure this will never get old... classic already!

cjmgobucks's picture

I'm not sure how to feel about this... On one side, he royally botched the whole tatgate cluster but, on the other side, he brought in UFM, so....  I dunno.  I guess I'm just going to go with I doubt he gets the job (complete with Gene Smith bowl ban avoiding confidence).

"When I look in the mirror, I want to take a swing at me."

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Becky in Cleveland's picture

He didn't bring Meyer in.  Meyer wanted to come here.  All Smith did was negotiate the cash.   Easiest recruiting job ever!
 

Becky in Cleveland

cjmgobucks's picture

Agreed.  After I saved my comment I thought more about it and came to the same conclusion.  I was just too lazy to edit my comment...

"When I look in the mirror, I want to take a swing at me."

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

OSUBias's picture

As much as he bungled the whole Tat-5 affair (IMO), overall his tenure as AD has been a raging success. I think that incident soured a lot of fans to all of the good that he's done for the entire athletic department. His loss would be felt.
That being said, I'm not sure he leaves OSU for Texas unless he likes rebuilding a football program under a (presumably) new coach at some point in the next few years. Or he is bored atop the precipice.

Shitter's full

Denny's picture

I agree with you wholeheartedly re: the athletic department's success. 
Gene Smith is the athletics version of Gordon Gee: he's had a few extremely publicized errors, and a whole hell of a lot of success (good hirings, lots of wins under his hires, etc). Any news about either man is basically a Rorschach test for the fanbase, and there are a lot of people who are extremely vocal and disproportionately upset about the few mistakes that either of the men made.
Far more good than bad has come from Gene Smith's tenure at OSU. Just like Gee's.

Taquitos.

yrro's picture

Tressel and Matta were brought in under the previous AD. Urban Meyer was such a damn easy sell and slam dunk that you can only credit him for not completely blowing it. Who are you giving him credit for?

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Well he's done a bang up job handling the hockey coach.

Denny's picture

Urban Meyer was such a damn easy sell and slam dunk that you can only credit him for not completely blowing it.

Rorschach test.

Who are you giving him credit for?

Meyer. McGuff seems like a good hire but it's too early to tell. Smith hired the current lacrosse coach and they're doing quite well. He's also opened up the athletic department to a few club teams over the past few years, allowing for better team status and lessening the financial load on team members (i.e. the dance team in 2006).
But then again, given that only two* sports count and he's only hired one coach whose we're not allowed to count because you say so, I suppose Gene Smith has done absolutely zero. Good points.
* of 39 varsity teams

Taquitos.

yrro's picture

Sorry, I meant to be more open to a reasonable rebuttal on the non-revenue sports hirings. Most of the successful programs I knew of (Tennis, Fencing, Rowing) afaik were hired under the previous AD as well.
I honestly don't see how you can have a young coach with the best winning percentage in the country, who is available, who has said multiple times that OSU is his "dream school"... and get much credit for bringing him in. I mean, you get some, for sure, and he did shell out for his assistants, which I approve of. But I wouldn't put it anywhere near Geiger plucking Matta and Tressel out of practically nowhere.

hodge's picture

"I honestly don't see how you can have a young coach with the best winning percentage in the country, who is available, who has said multiple times that OSU is his "dream school"... and get much credit for bringing him in."

Well, he didn't do what Michigan's Bill Martin did when Les Miles's agent came calling...
Even if Meyer to OSU made logical sense, you've got to give a great deal of credit to the man who brought him in -- if not just for the fact that he agreed to up the budget for his assistant coaches, something he'd never done before.

BuckGnome's picture

I'm very grateful to the man who courted Meyer behind the scenes - Mr. Lex Wexner and his peeps.
Meanwhile, Geno was going to great lengths to reassure Buckeye Nation that no bowl ban was in store.  He and Gee's post NCAA ban hammer face saving attempts were and continue to be laughable.
Yeah, that episode still bothers me every time this subject comes up.   Thankfully, Urban is here, the team is undefeated, and Purdue is about to get annihilated.  Go Bucks!

Knarcisi's picture

Actually wouldn't bother me if he goes.  Being Frank, I have think we have been, and will continue to be successful in spite of him. 

Unky Buck's picture

Being Frank

Debrin? Only if you can pull of these slick dance moves while wearing a home plate umpire's uniform.

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CCatanzaro's picture

One of my all time favorite scenes in a movie.  Thank you.

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.

 

Knarcisi's picture

Just don't call me Shirley!

buckeyeEddie27's picture

*Drebin

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Unky Buck's picture

Damnit, lol. I misspelled it the first time too and thought I fixed it.

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rdubs's picture

Not sure why he would want to leave unless he just wants a new adventure.  And it would be a big loss.  Our athletics department is better than it has ever been, in no small part due to Gene Smith.  

ATXbucknut's picture

Money. He would leave for the money.  No school in the country can pay an AD what Texas can.

Becky in Cleveland's picture

You've got to be kidding.  They both have HUGE athletic budgets, and neither football program has to be subsidized.  OSU can certainly pay what TX can, if they want to!  So unless Ohio State doesn't "want" to pay him (more) or is "encouraging" the interview, I think job security is more the issue.

Becky in Cleveland

ATXbucknut's picture

I should not have used the word "can." I am not questioning whether OSU can or can't pay the AD more, only if they will. I do not believe OSU will, as they historically have not even been at the top of the B1G in terms of AD salary.
As it currently stands, UT's AD makes more than Smith and I would imagine that UT's new AD will too.
However, note that UT's annual athletic department revenue is about $20 million more than OSU's. That is not insignificant.
And if you're up on Texas politics at the moment you know that no high-ranking administrator at UT (especially one aligned with President Bill Powers) has or has had a particularly high degree of job security.
Thus, I do believe it has more to do with money than job security, although if Smith sees his job security as questionable with a new university president coming in then that could play a role too.

Becky in Cleveland's picture

Depending on where you found your information, TX has higher expenses, so their revenue (OSU & TX) is quite similar.

 

Becky in Cleveland

Borrowed Time's picture

uh revenue has nothing to do with expenses (only the other way around - higher revenue will most likely mean higher expenses)
maybe you are talking about profit? if UT had 20 million more in expenses AND in revenue, then profit would be similar?

ATXbucknut's picture

Whoever ends up in Austin is going to have a rebuilding job of historic proportions.  The three major revenue-generating sports (for Texas, anyway) re not in good shape. Once the AD is selected, look for Rick Barnes and Mack Brown to be fired or reassigned and possibly (baseball coach) Auggie Garrido, as well.
 

razrback16's picture

Hope they take him.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Thank you lord above.  If TX hires him, thanks again for answering my prayers.

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

BuckAlum35's picture

Gene Smith leaves and OSU hires Gordon Gee to replace him as AD. He always wanted to be more involved in the athletic side of things anyway. (Disclaimer: This is a joke)

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

True Story....how f'd is here with the fans if he doesn't get the job, but we all know he interviewed. Poor form

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

yrro's picture

Good riddance. The dude's visible contributions from where I stand are bungling his way through the Tat5 debacle, antagonizing the band, and turning the Horseshoe and the Schott into giant billboards more than stadiums. He wants OSU to be a pro franchise, not a college community.

EDUGOON's picture

Gene Smith brought all of us Urban Frank Meyer!!!! Enough said!

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

Knarcisi's picture

Ohio State got Urban Meyer, not Gene Smith.  Urban is from OH and coached under and is personal friends with Coach Bruce. 

Ethan_Buck's picture


 
YES!!!

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

N8thegr8's picture

AD is pretty much a thankless job. When teams are playing great and being successful nobody cares or thinks about the AD and what sort of impact they have on the program's success. And they do play an important role in that success. The minute a team starts to falter or a scandel comes up the AD is hung out to dry. Why all the hate towards Smith? Because he had zero control over what the NCAA would do and thought he was right in assuming there would be no bowl ban? I think the past year and all the scandals at 'Bama, North Carolina, Auburn, Miami, etc has shown that nobody can be certain what the stupid NCAA will do. The man got it wrong. No reason to hate him for it. And if he goes who would you rather see in his place? Archie? No thanks. Amazing man, icon to not just the university but all of college football but he is much more valuable as a fundraiser and glad-hander running the Alumni Association. Tressel? He is still under a show cause penalty. I'm not defending Smith, like I said earlier I am fairly neutral about the guy but OSU is one of a handful of athletic programs that actually generate a profit with no subsidies and the amount of people with the experience needed to relace him are pretty small

"Play for Ohio State or get beat by Ohio State. That simple." - Kirk Barton 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

His piecemeal handling of Tatgate was pretty slipshod, and the refusal to self-impose the bowl ban in 2011 was inexcusable. 
Those are big missteps, but aside from that, I think Smith has been unobjectionable. In particular, he's been blamed for two things that obviously aren't his fault--the widely believed but totally unproven and frankly ridiculous charge that Jim Tressel fell on his sword for Smith; and apparently not realizing that, according to many, there was no way the top seeded team in the entire 2011 NCAA Tournament could have been expected to beat fourth-seeded Kentucky.

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

tennbuckeye19's picture

Dear Texas, 
Carl Pelini is available. Give him a call. Or wait a couple months and you could probably get a two for one deal for the Brothers Pelini. 

Knarcisi's picture

Is Texas joining the SEC, where pot is legal?

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

... Reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate.

harleymanjax's picture

"North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham was also thoroughly vetted by Korn/Ferry,"  
 
Texas with an AD named BUBBA.......yes please!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

amk1616's picture

is there any way that Gordon Gee could get the job?  I really want for him to bust out his "They say there are only two things that come out of Texas.  Steers and......" joke

Buckeye06's picture

Reading all the post from the last hour, then seeing the update, is funny

BucksfanXC's picture

"I'm not interviewing for that job/I'm happy where I'm at/I'm not going anywhere" - said every college AD/coach only weeks before taking said job.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

cronimi's picture

So, so true. Unfortunately, I think Smith is telling the truth here.

Bamabucknut's picture

His choice of the word "inaccurate" says it all for me.
Frankly I've been less than impressed with his performance.I hope Texas relieves us of his presence.

OSUBias's picture

That picture of Smith is a gold mine, by the way. He looks like he just hung out with Pelini.

Shitter's full

InHartWeTrust's picture

Hopefully they hire him.

OSUStu's picture

I have a proposal:

  • Texas gets Gene Smith.
  • We keep Dontre Wilson, Mike Mitchell, JT Barrett, and Big Meechy.  And they send a healthy Jordan Hicks back to Ohio.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

CowCat's picture

Note that "inaccurate" is not the same as "untrue".

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

buckeye doc's picture

I noticed this as well.

Buckeye-in-DC's picture

beat me to it.  this way he can issue what looks like a denial that is technically true but misleading (e.g., the report is that he already interviewed for the job when in fact he is only scheduled to, hence the report is technically "inaccurate") but is, in fact, a non-denial.

cronimi's picture

inaccurate  adj.
Mistaken or incorrect; not accurate.
untrue  adj
1. incorrect or false

I think it's potAto, potahto.

CowCat's picture

Um, that is what. I'm saying. "Untrue" =not true. Inaccurate = not accurate.
"Bob shot Bill. He was inaccurate, so Bill lived".
"It's untrue Bob shot Bill. He hit a tree".

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

Deadly Nuts's picture

If he would have interviewed with Texas these rumors would be both accurate and true. If he did not they are inaccurate and false. Same meaning in this situation. Texas might have taken a "shot" at hiring Smith but when they missed i'm pretty sure Smith did not run into a tree.

LEBRON

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Gene's exact words were "reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate".
Interviewing at the University of Texas is not the same as interviewing with the University of Texas. Gene could have interviewed with the University of Texas while at/in a conference room on Ohio State grounds.

Deadly Nuts's picture

You're reading too much into it.

LEBRON

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I'm not reading anything into it all as I personally doubt Smith has interviewed for the Texas job. I just pointed out the error in your logic. Cowcat was technically accurate.

BAR43's picture

I could take or leave Gene Smith either way. I am not sure that he has done anything special that anyone else couldn't have done too. Additionally he was fine with JT taking the fall for everything when he should have been thrown out on his ass too, so maybe its time for him to move on.

fanatibuck's picture

I'm not going to express my true feelings and thoughts on this thread and the comments being made here. Lets just say when rumors of this sort leakkks out the rumors in turn exposes some very unflattering behavior and attitudes by certain groups of people. I will just leave it at that.

THE URBANATOR AND HIS BOYS' JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN; 26-0 IS COMING BABY!!

Goalscorer9's picture

IF (and that's a big if, because I don't think this happens) but IF he went to Texas, would that add any sort of edge to the Texas to the B1G rumors?  Does the athletic director have a large say in those sorts of things?

45has2's picture

Good thought. IMO, the AD acts as the collector of information and institution feelings towards a move and advises the president and regents, with the latter actually making the decision to stay or go.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

cronimi's picture

Semi-serious questions:
IF Smith left for Austin (which I put at a ~0.1% chance of happening), (1) What are the odds Senator Tressel returns to Columbus to be the AD, and (2) Could he take the job while his show-cause is still in effect? W/r/t the latter, I know it essentially prevents him from taking a coaching job, but could he be in the Athletics Dept. in a position other than coach? It would be a huge middle finger to the NCAA, which leads me to believe the answer to the former is about the same as Smith's departure. Nevertheless, the idea of it intrigues me.

kalabuckzoo's picture

more like if smith leaves for texas what are the odds he takes tressel with him as head coach?
 

45has2's picture

As a certain blonde rapper from DeRiot says: ".....and put one of those fingers on each hand up and to be proud to be out of your mind and out of control." The self-righteous media wags would have a field day, fat Urkel would be beside himself with indignation and the NCAA would further implode. As delicious as all that would be, you are correct, it probably isn't going to happen.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

DeuceOSU78's picture

I don't think he would be prevented from being AD - he's in administration at Akron - same thing.  Would the BOT allow him back?

DeuceOSU78

fear_the_nut70's picture

While Smith only gets a mixed review from this Buckeye fan (mishandled the scandal, gets credit for inking UFM), why in the world would he want to leave a very stable situation here for a dumpster fire in Texas?  Yes, the people in Texas think they are a big deal, but from the outside, no one with a really good job is going to want that job in my opinion.  Were they going to back up the Brink's truck?  I'm not seein' it Lloyd.

otrain2416's picture

Strategic move by Delany to send Smith to Texas to coerce them into joining the BIG 10.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Except that Smith is probably more likely to push Texas into the ACC so they can they play ND every year.

DaiTheFlu's picture

So you're saying Texas ends up in the Pac12?

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

fear_the_nut70's picture

I have read several articles (and a blog page on MGO Blue) on this topic as rumors are making the rounds again.  I understand why the B1G would want Texas, but what would be in it for Texas?  They are already the wealthiest AD in the country, already have huge R&D grants and are an AAU college, and presently enjoy being the king of their subjects in the Big 12.  I don't know, what am I missing here?

Hovenaut's picture

It's Gene, Gene, the Dancing Machine.....

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

00Buck's picture

I wouldn't mind losing an idiot that gave away a perfectly good season, and would not go the Caine's route of a bowl ban when they were 6-7, it shows he is brainless, incapable of aforethought,  and only cares about watching his own ass...... HE SOLD TRESS down the river without a second thought........... He would be perfect for TEXAS.... as both are inert carbon heads anyway  .......  Hope he takes the job.......  and good riddance to him.....  TURD !!!  

Upon this Rock, I build my house....and Let no man put asunder

m4's picture

Gene smith should get credit for hiring coach Meyer; it is true that  coach Meyer wanted the job, but AD Smith could have caved in and listened to many buckeye alum. Remember, a good portion of the buckeye  alumni and fans did not want coach Meyer to become Ohio State's head coach.   

fanatibuck's picture

I hope Gene is not leaving. He has been great for this university. If he does leave for Texas he will be directing the second largest AD in the nation behind OSU. Here's hoping his denials are true.

THE URBANATOR AND HIS BOYS' JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN; 26-0 IS COMING BABY!!

Seattle Linga's picture

I really don't think he's going anywhere but as you know things can change. I just don't want the sports programs to skip a beat.

timhbomb's picture

I thought Mack Brown was going to take that position

40 Degrees North's picture

Good riddance I hope he leaves. He should have been fired in 2011. The way that whole episode was handled was outrageous.
"This punishment is the sweet spot." All of a sudden when the bowl ban came it became, "Well, if we would have self-imposed a bowl ban in 2011, we would have got one in 2012 too." Purely covered his incompetent ass. He let the university and the football program down. 
Another thing too. I wasn't happy about Tressel leaving, but you had no choice. If Gene would have done it before March 15, 2011, I would have a lot of respect for the guy. But no, he fiddled around with the e-mail thing that he for sure knew in January 2011 (if not earlier). Then the shit was rolling down the hill. 
Pure incompetence. 

zbd's picture

Someone please take Gene Smith, anyone.  I'll chip in for his free airfare out-of-town.

BuckGnome's picture

Tressel for tOSU AD!
 
It's the kind of hire that would melt Mark Emmert's face off!

Brent Clay's picture

I cant give you sticker (too new on here)   So, I would at least like to acknowledge I like your way of thinking!  LOL.   +1
Tressel would be great for the Job, unfortunately I don't think they will let that happen.  :(

rampageripster's picture

Lots of short-sighted opinions on here.  I'm getting tired of Gene, but not for the reasons most of you all are.  An AD is in charge of the entire damn athletic department.  This has been a golden era of Ohio State sports, to argue otherwise is just plain silly.  While it is true that he didn't hire EVERYBODY.  He has helped secure the funding for: 1) 'Shoe expansion 2) Schott expansion 3) BRAND NEW SPORTS ARENA.  Not only that, but in a time where a TON of schools are cutting programs, we are holding strong with the second most funded programs (behind Stanford) in the country.  We finish in the top 5 of the President's Cup nearly every year.
Now, I'm getting tired of him because he wants Ohio State to be Stanford.  We will never be Stanford, it's impossible.  The culture, the academics, the climate... it just ain't happening.  But, he is SUPER afraid of becoming complacent. It's forcing him to make some hasty decisions (see: men's ice hockey) that are kinda head-scratchers... you might see more of these in the months to come.
Regardless, it never seemed like this was a final stop for Gene anyway, I think he has his eyes set on something bigger, such as a commissioner position.  We'll see.

Cause I couldn't go for three

buckskin's picture

Good points on the funding, but how much was he really responsible?  He had a very athletic supporting president behind him and Archie Griffin leading the alumni association of one of the largest fan bases in the country.  I think the $ is there anyway.

Poison nuts's picture

I of zero opinion think I'll take him at his word that he's staying at OSU.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Knarcisi's picture

I'm hearing Oliver Luck to Texas. 

Qujo's picture

Not an easy job. Texas sees his value even though many Buckeye fans believes he is a failure. My assessment is he is better than those who like to throw anybody under the bus who thinks differently. My question is who ya gonna find better if he leaves? Geiger was more awesome because he laid out a plan with good coaches, facilities and the future of OSU athletics. smith hired Urban and matta. I dunno, ya didn't like the tatgate and how Smith handled it, maybe tatgate shouldn't have happened, blame the players. Ohio State is in a very good position today. Blame smith if you want for that. I say we would be stupid to let him walk. Leadership is hard to come by and he while he struggled through tatgate, we are moving forward and in good position. 

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

drumsontheside's picture

Gene Smith did not hire Thad Matta. Andy Geiger did.
Just correcting that, not bashing your opinion or anything.

WB

hit_the_couch's picture

I don't want Smith here, but I sure as hell don't want him at my second favorite school/ place in the country.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!