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Thursday, July 12, 2007
Vanderbilt Chancellor to Ohio State

Gordon Gee, presently Chancellor at Vanderbilt University, is leaving to become President of The Ohio State University.

This is worth mentioning in this forum because Gee became famous and infamous in 2003 for eliminating Vanderbilt's athletic department and placing intercollegiate athletics under the control of the office of student life. Gee's stated purpose was to "declar[] war on a culture that has isolated athletics from what the college experience is supposed to be about." Good discussions here and here; the latter argues that the move has worked and Vanderbilt's teams recently have enjoyed on-field success, including NCAA appearances in men's and women's basketball, an outstanding baseball team, and a national championship in women's bowling.

Might Gee try to do the same thing at Ohio State? This is much more powerful school in intercollegiate athletics than Vanderbilt with a stronger, more deeply ingrained history and booster base. But it also is one that has seen its fair share of recent athletics-related scandals. Stay tuned.


MY guess is that the Athletics department and the boosters are much more powerful at Ohio State as compared to Vandy. I dont see this change taking place at OSU, it is simply not a war you can start at a major program. I for one hope for the continued success of OSU, my fellow Gators and I have enjoyed kickin' their butts in the major championships :)

Blogger Jimmy H -- 7/12/2007 3:31 PM  

Doesn't anyone find it ironic that Gee is actually returning to Ohio State, where he was the president of the school for several years? He could have made a major statement if he would have dissolved the athletic department at Ohio State during his tenure, than to take an already decent and clean program at Vandy and using it as a guinea pig.

Vanderbilt is the only school in the SEC that hasn't been under probation or faced severe sanctions for breaking the rules. Making them an example of what could be done is the exception and is likely not to be the norm.

Gee is likely not to pick a fight with the same athletic department he detested when he was there in his first tenure as president.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 7/12/2007 11:23 PM  

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