By Chadd Cripe
Boise State president Bob Kustra, in an interview with the Idaho Statesman, blasted Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee for his comments about the national championship hopes of Boise State and TCU.
Here are the highlights:
— “He claims that in the SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 it’s murderer’s row every week and there’s absolutely little substance to that claim. … The BCS has finally found someone to stand up and defend the indefensible and Gordon Gee proved it — he not just proved that it’s indefensible but he did so with facts that are simply wrong. … Everyone in intercollegiate football knows that athletic directors of those large power conferences are scheduling more and more teams who are I-AA, who are teams at the weaker end of the non-AQ conferences, and for Gee to stand up and talk about murderer’s row every week is just the height of folly. It’s ridiculous. I think he’s going to set off a firestorm he probably has no interest in creating. To say that he overstated his case is an understatement.”
— “I just hope that when he speaks about his research profile or the quality of his university he’s a little more believable than he is about athletics, because he’s just so wrong on this one. … If anything, ridiculous and inaccurate presentations like this from a major university president will go further to make our case. … It makes the point I’ve been making all along that this fundamentally must be about presidents and not athletic directors and not conference commissioners. Presidents who stand up and talk about values and truth and fairness and access and equity speak with forked tongue when it comes to athletics — and it makes no sense to me how they can be so absolutely wrong and know it and yet stand up as the pillars of moral rectitude.”
— On Boise State’s chances to play in the title game this year: “I’d like to see a little better position in the polls after this weekend but generally speaking I’m very impressed with the reaction that the objective sports media, reporters and analysts have of us across the nation.”
— “Everyone understands this system needs overhauling, needs reform. We probably need to sit down and think about a playoff system. The only outliers are the presidents of the schools in the large conferences. … They’re like puppets on a string for their conference commissioners. Once they are brought out into the open for their inaccuracies and falsehoods in their thinking, in Gee’s case, the sooner I think the system falls on its own. … In the meantime, they did allow for these rare moments where a university runs the table. It still isn’t fair — all we have to do is lose one and we’re left out and Virginia Tech is still going — but I do think we’re on the trajectory here that can get us in that national championship game.”
— On a playoff system: “I was going to leave that to the experts. Then on my trip last week out to Washington (D.C.) I read the Yahoo! Sports guys’ book, ‘Death to the BCS.’ I thought their playoff system made pretty good sense. There might have to be some fine-tuning of the bowl games. … I like their four-week playoff scheme and I think that would work.”
Ohio State (10-1) is No. 8 in the BCS standings. Boise State (10-0) is No. 4. The Buckeyes have played two BCS Top 30 teams — No. 7 Wisconsin (loss) and No. 24 Iowa (win). The Broncos also have played two — No. 16 Virginia Tech (win) and No. 30 Hawaii (win). The Broncos also face No. 19 Nevada on Friday.
In case you missed it earlier, here's the AP story on Gee:
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even if TCU and Boise State run the table, they still don't deserve to be in the Bowl Championship Series title game, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said Wednesday.
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.
"Well, I don't know enough about the Xs and Os of college football," said Gee, formerly the president at West Virginia, Colorado, Brown and Vanderbilt universities. "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.
"So I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there's some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to [be] in the big ballgame."
Gee, long an admirer of the BCS and the current bowl system, said he was against a playoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
"If you put a gun to my head and said, 'What are you going to do about a playoff system [if] the BCS system as it now exists goes away?' I would vote immediately to go back to the bowl system," he said.
He said the current system is better for the student-athletes.
"It's not about this incessant drive to have a national championship because I think that's a slippery slope to professionalism," he said. "I'm a fan of the bowl system and I think that by and large it's worked very, very well."