Ohio State President Gordon Gee: Boise State, TCU Don't Deserve BCS Title Shot

Gordon Gee, esteemed president of An Ohio State University, whose football team is perhaps best known on the national athletics scene for losing back-to-back national championship games by margins that weren't particularly cozy, would deny undefeated Boise State and TCU teams a slot in the BCS Championship:

In an interview with The Associated Press, the president at the university with the largest athletic program in the country said that TCU and Boise State do not face a difficult enough schedule to play in the national championship game.

As the presiding figurehead over a squad ranked 59th nationally in strength of schedule, Gordon Gee would know from undeserving, we suppose, but why should the Broncos and Horned Frogs be denied the chance to embarrass themselves on a national stage, just like Ohio State?

There's more, and it's worse, somehow:

Gee, long an admirer of the BCS and the current bowl system, said he was against a playoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision because it was "a slippery slope to professionalism."

On this we agree, because if there's one thing athletic departments like Ohio State's that generate nine figures of revenue and run at a net operating loss are not, it's sustainable business models. OSU spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $32 million on football operations last year, including a reported $3.5 million in salary for Jim Tressel, and had to raise ticket prices by $7 (to $70) to "offset losses in the athletic department," but really, this is just for the kids having fun out there. Let the snowy paths of amateur athleticism remain unblemished by the creeping green of American capitalist foliage.

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