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Andy Geiger- Retired Athletic Director (Merged all relevant threads)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by OSUBasketballJunkie, May 12, 2004.

  1. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    I have had the opportunity to talk with Geiger years ago... I'm pretty good at sizing folks up.. just a God given knack.. I came away convinced beyond a shadow of doubt Andy Geiger bleeds S&G... and he will do anything to protect the university... even letting folks (even superstars or supercoaches) hang out to dry, if that is best for the university...He's all about OSU first...

    Make no mistake, he completely understands he is a very powerful player representing what is one of the most powerful athletic institutions on the planet... and he'd have no problem laying down the law to media institutions... He does have an ego... but this is a man you want in your battle...

    Obviously media institutions don't like that... they too have huge egos... and also, do not forget that the media is all about ratings and if there is not news, they will create news... buttheads Trev and May explicitly stated that the problems at OSU exist in every college in the land.. and let it stop right there... that spoke volumes...

    Don't be surprised that if Andy Geiger feels the best resolution to this matter, that helps OSU the most, is for him to take the bullet.. he will... mark my words... But if he feels the best he can do for OSU is to lead the fight... he will do that...
     
  2. UGABuck

    UGABuck Newbie

    I think you are correct NJB. He bleeds S&G and will do what is best for the intersest of tOSU just like JT will. But the difference is that JT has the EQ that allows him to communicate and relate in the social diad that AG does not. Thus he sometimes appears arrogant to those that don't understand him. FWIW, I have spoken to him during severl "recreational" events and he is a personable guy when the topics are not tOSU.

    To that end, IMO he has difficulty looking beyond the rules (I am not saying ignoring them) and understanding the motivation of those breaking them to find resolution and prevent repeat offenses. This is where JT excels. Together, they do a great "good cop and bad cop".
     
  3. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    It does appear from an outsider's perspective that Tressel looks at throwing someone off the team as an option of last resort. He will do anything he can with a player to give them the opportunity to fix the problem and show they can be good citizens as well as athletes. However, his approach may come to a fault if players feel they can get away with anything and only have to worry about missing a few games.

    The times we have had players thrown off the team (Ira and Irizarry) was when Geiger stepped in. I don't see their relationship (Tressel and Geiger) as being good cop, bad cop, but one where Geiger will step in when he knows there is no choice but the ultimate one of throwing a student-athlete off a team and possible out of the school.

    I wonder if Tressel needs to have a period of allowing kids who may have violated but the violations are not known (ala Troy Smith) to come forward and admit their violations. They will then receive their punishments. After that period it almost needs to become a two-strike or zero-tolerance policy, depending on the incident and violation.

    Unfortunately, I think Tressel needs to send the message himself to the players that if they have a serious violation (NCAA rules or otherwise) there is a strong possibility they will be gone. Until they know that their own coach is willing to throw them off the team some will continue to play to his compassionate side and take advantage of him.
     
  4. UGABuck

    UGABuck Newbie

    I might be the naive one here but I happen to believe Troy's punishment for his $$ handshake is quite severe. I know that tOSU is recommending the minimum two game suspension but the results are catastrophic to his tenure at tOSU and any future Sunday career aspirations. He is not at the bottom of the depth chart...if I heard JT correctly even behind Boeckman. Couple that with Zwick's good game in the AB and some nice freshman QB's coming in and he is what you might call "screwed".
     
  5. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Gieger does appear to bleed scarlet and gray. He seems to have decided up front that he is near retirement and it is in the interest of OSU that he, rather than Tressel, confront the ESPiN demon. You can call it selflessness or a realization that he had the basketball thing on his desk anyway, but I think it is the former.

    He is NOT the root cause, but he started indicating this week that he is quite prepared to retire early if that will make this go away. It will be very sad indeed if he does.
     
  6. Sloopy45

    Sloopy45 Pimp Minister Sinister

    Are you people crazy?? Do you have any idea what Geiger has done for this school in his tenure?? Lets see:

    1. Hired Jim Tressel.

    2. Won a National Championship in football for the 1st time in 34 years.

    3. Went to a Final Four for the first time since the 1960's.

    4. Oversaw the renovation of the HorseShoe and the bulding of the Schott.

    5. Hired Jim O'Brien and made the basketball program somewhat respectable.

    Name me another Athletic Director in this COUNTRY who's done as much for his school's athletic department. Name me ONE!!!
     
  7. Holy Buckeye!

    Holy Buckeye! Next Victim Egg Hoke!

    Mike Garrett
     
  8. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Pete Carroll saved Garrett's job.
     
  9. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    Yeah - go bucks is right.:osu:

    By the way, I think you are dead wrong about Geiger.
    Only way that events might get close to supporting your opinions on this subject is if AG elects to take an early retirement -- a falling on his sword exit to save tOSU any NCAA related issues. Likelihood of such an eventuality right now IMHO <10%.
     
  10. Holy Buckeye!

    Holy Buckeye! Next Victim Egg Hoke!

    Hey Buck Bill

    He hired him!

    DoooH!
     
  11. OSU1978

    OSU1978 Newbie

    NJ, I agree with everything you stated.

    Sloopy, add the baseball stadium and new track and field to that list.
     
  12. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    If the suggestion you make could be put into action without ESPiN or others getting a whiff of it then I think its a good idea, in fact a very good idea.
    If it gets out in the open though - bad, bad spin would result.

    Still - the idea has merit. I wonder if it is something that Geiger et al can engineer correctly.
     
  13. strohs

    strohs Go Bucks!

    You can throw in there...
    Built the new baseball stadium.
    The new Jesse Ownes track stadium.
    Hired a great womens bball coach in Jim Foster.
    Hired Thad Matta.
     
  14. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    No kidding, Holy Buckeye.

    My point was that Garrett had been there for years, and most folks wanted him gone for lack of success. He had hired Paul Hackett (19-18 at USC) also.

    And his recent hiring of Rick Majerus was a great move.
     
  15. TallIndian

    TallIndian Rookie

    Uh, Majerus didn't take the job..
     

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