Closed-Door Ohio State Meeting Adds To Intrigue

Here’s a suggestion for the Ohio State power-brokers: If you’re going to hold a secret meeting, it’s probably not the best idea to hold it in a room with large windows in the door. Because then news reporters can see you meeting, and they get suspicious about such things, particularly when your program is about to be hammered into the Gilded Age by the NCAA.

The meeting appeared to be a possible violation of Ohio’s opening meetings law, as the law generally requires meetings to be held in public when such a meeting involves a majority of the board members who are discussing state business, Aker reported.

Knowing that Ohio State scrupulously follows the rule book, we find it hard to believe that the administration would so blatantly break the law.

What could they have been discussing at this meeting that might be about the NCAA investigation? Perhaps the continued employment of President Gordon Gee or Athletics Director Gene Smith, both of whom stood behind former football head coach Jim Tressel beyond when most people thought he was a dead man walking. Perhaps the strategy for dealing with the investigation, which would gel with Gee’s description of a “strategy session.”

Or maybe they were just discussing the best place to buy a car in Columbus. No problems there, right?

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