Buckeye fans enjoy seeing Ohio State at or near the top of rankings for a variety of things including numerous sports, academics, and research spending. Thanks to the all-around strength of OSU, we’ve gotten rather used to seeing the university we love at the top of those lists. However, not every list is one that you want to be at the top of and OSU fans and alumni had that reinforced this week when the Institute for Policy Studies named Ohio State as the Most Unequal Public University in the country; several other Big Ten schools also had the misfortune of appearing on the list as the rest of the top five were Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan, and the University of Washington. The IPS rankings were based on a combination of high pay for top administrators, high student debt, and large increases in low-wage or contingent faculty labor.
The fact that last year OSU’s Gordon Gee was the highest paid president in the country, earning over $6 million a year, meant that the university automatically was under scrutiny in the administrative pay category. Now the fact that Gee got paid a lot isn’t necessarily a bad thing; Ohio State is a huge, complex university and the job of president comes with a lot of pressure and responsibility. Gee also did a very good job according to most reports and he connected well with the students.
Gee’s high salary does become an issue though when it is coupled with growing student debt. According to the IPS report, the average student debt at Ohio State rose 46% to over $26,000 between 2006 and 2011; that was a rate that was faster than the national average. A big reason for that rising student debt is that since 2006, tuition at Ohio State has risen from $8,406 to $10,010 for Ohio residents and from $20,301 to $25,726 for non-residents (room and board was another $10,000 per year on top of that); that is an increase of 19% for in-state students and 27% for out-of-state students.
Good morning/afternoon/evening/whenever you are reading this! We are yet another week closer to the start of fall camp and finally having actual football to talk about. However, for now, the dead period rolls on. One of the things we’ve discussed is the importance of Ohio State football players keeping themselves out of the news during the dead period. Someone forgot to mention that idea to the schools president. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
E. Moron Gee
E. Gordon Gee was the bow tie wearing “hipster” president at Ohio State. Certainly you’ve all seen him at one time or another and I’d bet most of you instantly cringe at the first letter of his name being pronounced. He’s been a maverick. He’s gone to other schools around the country and done some great work. He’s done some great work at Ohio State. But, it was time for him to go. And yesterday, he did the right thing for The Ohio State University and announced his retirement effective July 1st.
During a meeting on December 5th, 2012 with the Ohio State Athletic council, Gordo let a few huge bombs slip. What he didn’t know was that someone was recording it and sent it to Sports Illustrated.
Gee on Notre Dame: “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.”
When talking about what the Big Ten was looking for in a school during expansion Gee said the top goal is to “make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won’t see us adding Louisville.” Gee went on to add that the Big Ten wouldn’t be adding Kentucky, either. Read More
Update – For the full press conference video, please visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com’s report on the conference.
Jim Tressel, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee sat down this evening to discuss the news released in a Yahoo Sports report. That press conference was aired over the internet at for everyone capable of sitting down and stomaching what was said. For those who missed/skipped the presser, here’s a run down of what happened.
It has become clear that what Yahoo Sports discovered was not the violations themselves, but the University self-investigation of the violations committed by Jim Tressel. It turns out that in April of 2010, Jim Tressel received emails regarding information on a Federal Drug Trafficking case. Those emails implied there were potential NCAA violations regarding 2 unnamed student athletes at Ohio State. Tressel, however, either did not notice the implication, or refused to face the implication.
The press release does not make the connection clear between the two cases. Despite that, it is clear that the cases were linked in the sense that the emails Tressel received involved the Tat-gate situation. It is also clear that the Yahoo report was a leak of the investigation that required the school to come clean before they were ready.
The NCAA was reportedly notified of the situation on February 3rd and sent special investigators to the University on February 8th. It is obvious that the University did everything they needed to by NCAA bylaws to solve this problem as quickly as possible.
The press release states a set of self-punishments:
As part of its self-report, the university has self-imposed the following sanctions: a public reprimand and apology; a two-game suspension; attendance at a compliance seminar; and a $250,000 fine.
Of course, the whole investigation itself has not be concluded, so we won’t know the full resolution of this situation for at least several weeks yet. However, this is the report that the University is sending to the NCAA following their investigation.
As of now, the Yahoo news story has functionally concluded in about the best way it could have. Rather than this being a new thing for the University to face, it is something that they’ve already been dealing with for a while now. While it’s a small comfort in the end, it’s substantially better many imagined it could have been.
Stay tuned to the Buckeye Battle Cry for more as the story unfolds.