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Gene Smith (AD The Ohio State, '10 AD of the Year, '13 NAAC Organizational Leadership Award)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by BuckeyeBK, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Ohio State AD Gene Smith on vacation amid Meyer investigation, still set for CFP Selection Committee duties

    It may not be the best in terms of optics but we’re sure Gene Smith had non-refundable plane tickets and simply didn’t want to waste them.

    Yes, the Ohio State athletic director is, according to WSYX in Columbus, out of the office this week on vacation — smack dab in the middle of a 14 day investigation into who knew (and did) what in the growing Zach Smith and Urban Meyer scandal that has quickly swept up the Buckeyes football program. The TV station reached out to Smith prior to running their report but he declined to answer questions, something that he will do for OSU if needed via telephone.

    “He is available to speak with the investigative team. The university is focused on supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester. We can’t comment further during the pending investigation,” said spokesperson Ben Johnson in an email.

    While we all want to use up that vacation time that is accrued, Smith leaving town at this critical juncture is pretty notable considering the spotlight has shifted to his own actions in an alleged 2015 incident involving Zach Smith and his ex-wife Courtney Smith that involved pulling the assistant off the road from recruiting. The school has hired an outside investigator and created a separate panel of trustees to oversee the overall probe into the matter, which is expected to conclude sometime around August 19th. That would happen less than two weeks before OSU takes on Oregon State in their season opener and would also come prior to a full Board of Trustees meeting the Friday before.

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  2. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    How perfect.
  3. buckeyebri

    buckeyebri It’s A Beautiful Day

    Meh, I’m sure he is not hard to get ahold of if necessary...
  4. zincfinger

    zincfinger Gert Frobe-approved

    Apparently Gene Smith is spending his vacation DJing "Raves" at Bullwinkles.

  5. pianobuck46

    pianobuck46 pianobuck46

    Wink-wink, nod-nod! :sneaky:
  6. maximumblitz

    maximumblitz Buckeye Samurai of Big League Blitzkreig

    Why hasn't Gene Smith been fired for scheduling a game as a single game in an opponents back yard?

    I see some stuff about "more tOSU fans will be there than froggies" and "TV made them do it". But at some point though, one has to stand up and so "heck no, I won't go".
  7. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    Because that's not something you fire an AD over.
  8. Trevi

    Trevi Junior

    Isn’t there also something like a $5 million payday?
  9. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    There's also the fact that it was scheduled as a home and home, but TCU reneged because Gary Patterson didn't feel like he could win a Natty if made to play Ohio State 2 years in a row.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
  10. Drubuck

    Drubuck What time is it?

    Yep. Only hurts the fans.
  11. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Replacing a home-away series with a "neutral" site game at AT&T isn't so bad in the long run, despite being in TCU's back yard, because:

    1. We would've had to have made the trip to the Dallas area anyway had the home-away series not been cancelled
    2. Maybe a larger TV audience now that it is a one-game deal, and not just the first game of a series
    3. Larger payday
    4. A venue built for our team speed and one in which we've been very successful
    5. Neutral site game means tickets split 50/50 between teams, taking away any "home field" advantage for TCU
  12. wolves2002

    wolves2002 Sophmore

    Also, based on some things I have seen in recruiting threads, it appears OSU can invite recruits to the game. That could not happen if it were a real TCU home game.
  13. BuckeyeBiz

    BuckeyeBiz Junior

    Yep...bummed it’s not a home and home but I suspect tOSU was left a bit high and dry and didn’t have great options for rescheduling a solid non-conference game. Patterson has been called out for backing out of the series and this game offers many benefits. Nice pay day, another prime time matchup brings good exposure and its really good for recruiting TX. I’m pumped for the matchup. I hope tOSU never backs down from scheduling big non-conference matchups.
  14. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    You get to demonstrate Ohio State > Texas to Texas recruits.
    Hstead likes this.
  15. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    This for the overall nod to recruiting

    I'd play a neutral site Jerry World game vs the B12 OOC every year if I could
    Steve19 likes this.

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