Our intrepid Hunter S. Thompson-like reporter is finishing up some business commitments back East (business must go on even if college football’s post-season is a fraud!) after watching and listening to the good (and bad!) folks at the NCAA Convention in Nashville, and he is now headed back to the West coast. We have been looking over the notes he sent about what he heard and saw at the NCAA Convention, but we wanted to have a Coaches Hot Seat pow-wow before coming to any conclusions. Needless to say, there is mischief afoot by the BCS Boys!
Surprising to us, the president of the Ohio State University, Gordon Gee, is out today being quoted in a story in the OSU student newspaper, The Lantern, that he is now “open to a plus-one system.” This comment by Gee is quite a revelation to him and to us, because we all remember Gee’s arrogant and close-minded comment about prying a playoff out of his “..cold, dead hands.” No full-fledged playoff for Gee it seems, but the plus-one is something that should be considered, which we would like to remind Gordon is indeed, “A 4-team playoff!” Yes, the hypocrisy continues to roll on with this BCS machine, but if college football fans knew of some of the machinations that have been going on behind the scenes in the last couple of weeks to prop up what is nothing less than one of the greatest frauds in sport, the BCS, they would be utterly stunned. The BCS Boys see the folks getting ready to storm the castle and challenge the massive con they have been running for the past decade, and that scares the holy-hell out of them. The last thing the BCS Boys need is college football fans en masse protesting the BCS, because they are only barely recovering from the dreadful television ratings and what is now commonly considered one of the worst college football post-seasons in the history of the game. Even the BCS Boys know the BCS is fraud, is un-American, and is destroying the integrity of the game of college football, but they are going to hold on until they are tossed out on their keisters by the good people of America, and what a great day that will be! Notice the “will” in that last sentence, because the BCS Boys “will” be tossed out on their keisters. A fraud can only be perpetuated for so long, and the BCS will be brought to an end, just like all frauds are eventually.
Gordon Gee didn’t just wake-up one day this week and think, “This plus-one thing sounds like a good idea!” No, Gordon was taken to the woodshed by the people that run college football, no not the college presidents and chancellors, but rather the bowl executives and conference commissioners, when they told Gee, “Gordon, either we put a plus-one in, or they are going to come after us, and we will end up with that terrible Boogy-Man, the playoff!” Yes, the famous Boogy-Man card that the BCS Boys have been playing to scare the hell out of the academics that run our college and universities has been brought out again, but this time it is on steroids, and they want the presidents and chancellors to really be scared, scared they say, that “Oh My God, the dreaded playoff is just around the corner!” How shameful, for not only the BCS Boys to play the Boogy-Man card, but for the presidents and chancellors to buy this load of crapola in the first place.
Crapola, yes a term that can apply to a lot in education these days, which brings us to some quotes from the article proclaiming Gordon Gee would consider a plus-on add-on to the BCS. Now read carefully here, because these are obviously the ramblings of a seriously confused man.
From the Ohio State Lantern:
“However, Gee still sees collegiate athletics as a learning experience for young athletes and relishes the bowl system’s ability to allow more teams to end the season on a high note. The growth of college football’s money machine is tarnishing the true spirit of the game – at least to Gee.Gee said the NFL playoffs are all about winning. Although everyone loves to win, college football is more about rewarding people for excellence.” End of quote
What? Gordon Gee, “…a learning experience for young athletes and relishes the bowl system’s ability to allow more teams to end the season on a high note.” Hmmmmm, where have we heard that before, that same context, that same focus on making sure everyone ends on a high note? Oh yes, that would be in the California public schools where a kid can write 2 + 2 = 5 on a blackboard and get a cheer from his teacher and the entire class! “Johnny, you got the answer wrong, but you tried hard, so let’s end this on a high note!” What a load of unadulterated crapola! The college football season should not be played so that we can reward a bunch of mediocre teams and their players with the right to go out on a “high-note!” That is not America, and what we stand for as a country. We do not reward mediocrity in the workplace, or people that are perfoming medicore in their job. We reward excellence in America, but as we will see late Gee has a very warped view of excellence. The “high-note” thing is absolutely outrageous statement for Gee to make, but anyone that has spent any time on a college campus lately will find all kinds of politically-correct crapola that could justify everything from Stalin to the Inquisition. The problem with the Gordon Gee’s of the world is that they have gone soft in the brain, which is best argued against in the late Allan Bloom’s now 20-year old book, The Closing of the American Mind. Professor Bloom wrote in his book, that “Education is the movement from darkness to light.” In this case the BCS is the darkness, and the post-season tournaments that the NCAA run are the light, but here we have people like Gordon Gee that are more concerned with athletes going out on a “high-note” than them achieving something meaningful like winning a legitimate championship. Winning the “Podunk Bowl” is not winning a championship, and in fact when you tell a kid that by winning the “Podunk-Bowl” that he has done something meaningful, you are doing nothing more than what teachers in the California schools do when they allow a kid to be rewarded when he believes that 2 + 2 = 5. Winning the NCAA Basketball tournament is winning a championship. Winning any NCAA tournament for that matter is winning a championship, but winning the BCS is a fraud, and until college football addresses the very simple issue that the BCS is nothing more than one of the great frauds in the history of sport, the game’s integrity will continue to slip away.
On to some more ramblings from the very confused Gordon Gee: “Although everyone loves to win, college football is more about rewarding people for excellence.” Now this quote really worries us here at Coaches Hot Seat, because Gordon Gee is supposed to be leading one of our top public universities in Ohio State, and he is actually saying that a team with a 6-6 record should be allowed to go to a bowl game so those players can be, “rewarded for excellence.” What? Has this man gone completely off his rocker? Is that what they do at Ohio State, believe that C students that are just barely getting by should be “rewarded for excellence?” That is an outrageous statement, and goes to the heart of what is wrong not only with the BCS, but with higher education as well. The real problem is that there is no longer a standard definition of excellence, which in our minds means being at the very top of your class, sport, endeavor, or job. On today’s college campuses, and in the college football’s post-season, excellence is anything that people want to say it is, and that is the very heart of this problem. America is about rewarding excellence, but the BCS is the exact opposite of that, because it uses a contrived system to determine 2 and only 2 teams to play in a football game with the winner to be rewarded with a crystal trophy, when everyone involved knows that the entire system is bogus. That is not excellence in our minds, but it is in Gordon Gee’s and the rest of the presidents and chancellors that continue to prop up the fraudulent BCS. Yes, the very heart of this problem lies in “truth,” and in fact the outright lies that are told to prop us this fraudulent BCS system. As professor Bloom wrote in the Closing of the American Mind, “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely sure of; almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative. If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the student’s reaction: they will be uncomprehending.” On today’s college campuses in place of truth there is now relativism, and with relativism you can justify about anything, including the incredible fraud that is the BCS.
Fortunately for us, Gordon Gee was not done rambling, “The minute we move away from that philosophy toward a playoff system, then we’ve lost the integrity of the bowl system and the integrity of what we’re trying to accomplish with intercollegiate athletics,” he said. What “…we’re trying to accomplish with intercollegiate athletics?” What in the hell is Gordon Gee talking about? In intercollegiate athletics you reward teams and individuals that play well with the right to play for a championship, and a playoff, administered by the NCAA is how every other sport on the Ohio State campus is decided. If the Buckeyes are lucky enough to place there other athletic teams in a NCAA post-season tournament, then the Buckeyes send those teams to a post-season playoff tournament. Yes, the dreaded playoff, that the presidents and chancellors are so scared of is how every other sport on their campus is decided. What hypocrites these people that defend the BCS are, because in fact we have a playoff in everything but college football. Is Gordon Gee trying to say that this fraudulent bowl system has integrity, but the other sports that are run and administered by the NCAA, and always determine a legitimate National Champion do not have integrity? That is the ultimate in hypocrisy if he really believes that, but again you can go right back to the relativism that is used on college campuses today to down-right justify anything they dream up and which they believe should be presented as truth. Truth is truth. The sun comes up in the East is truth, but that the BCS produces a legitimate National Champion is a lie, and there is just no getting around those facts. If Gordon Gee really believes what he says, then he should be proposing a “BCS-type” system for every sport on his campus, but he knows that if he ever did such a thing he would be laughed back to Vanderbilt and that “6-million dollar mansion.” In fact, we await Gordon’s proposal for a BCS-format for the other sports at Ohio State and intercollegiate athletics, because undoubtedly that would allow more teams to end on a “high-note.” What crapola, but it is not surprising to hear this crapola, because objective reasoning and freedom of thought does not really exists on our college campuses, but instead has been replaced by what Norman Podhoretz calls the “academic open mind found in liberal thought, that dismisses any attempt, by Plato or the Bible for example, to provide a rational basis for moral judgments.” Gordon Gee made his belief system very clear, that although contrary to what he might think, he in fact is very closed and set in his beliefs when he said, “They’ll have to wrench a playoff system from my cold, dead hands,” Yes, we hear you Gordon, loud and clear, and you might as well be saying 2 + 2 = 5.
The Closing of the American Mind is a wonderful book, and although it is very hard to read, it is worth the time to listen to the audio version of the book, which is actually read by Professor Allan Bloom, because he provides a wonderful vision of what education should be, and what it has become. Professor Bloom’s book is filled with memorable lines, but one that stands out to us when debating the fraud that is the BCS and the insistence by the leaders of our colleges and universities that a playoff is something that cannot even be considered, is the following:
“The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.”
How true Professor Bloom, and what a good lesson for our presidents and chancellors, and not only in relation to the fraudulent BCS.
We have a general meeting of the Coaches Hot Seat group this weekend to watch the AFC/NFL Championship games, and we are ready to receive the report from out intrepid reporter that was watching and listening at the NCAA Convention in Nashville in one of his Brooks Brothers suits. It should be an interesting presentation, and we look forward to bringing you our summary of just what he found out in Nashville.
Have a great weekend!