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Boise State president fires back at Ohio State counterpart

Or, as one person whose name I can’t recall right now described it on Twitter... nerd fight!!!

As you no doubt have heard by now, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee created a bit of news earlier today with his out-of-nowhere belittling of Boise State and TCU. In an interview with the Associated Press that fully encapsulated the unabashed arrogance of those that continue to prop up a broken BcS system, Gee argued that he did not believe either Boise State or TCU deserved a spot in the national title game even if they run the table and remain unbeaten. As part of his antiquated argument for keeping the non-automatic qualifiers on the outside looking in, the bow-tied one likened the schedules of the SEC and Big Ten to a “murderer’s row every week for these schools” while deriding the slates of BSU and TCU as being littered with “Little Sisters of the Poor” programs.

Naturally, Gee’s words found their way to one of the presidents of the schools he ripped. And, needless to say, said president was not pleased with his Ohio State counterpart.

Speaking to the Idaho Statesman, BSU president Bob Kustra blasted Gee for the “folly” that is the “murderer’s row every week” argument and warned that Gee might be “set[ting] off a firestorm he probably has no interest in creating.” Additionally, Kustra questioned Gee and other presidents for presenting themselves “as the pillars of moral rectitude”, which we believe in the world of academia is the equivalent of calling somebody’s momma a ho.

Regardless, Kustra was far from pleased.

“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 trust 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.”


In a separate interview, Kustra told the AP that he had Ohio State’s last two schedules in front of him and “if they’re not playing the Little Sisters of the Poor, they’re playing the Little Brothers.”

Game. Set. Match, Mr. Kustra. And put some medicated salve on those wounds, Mr. Gee. That’s an infection waiting to happen.

Wouldn’t it be great, though, if these two schools could settle it on the football field instead of having their respective presidents fling shots at each other through the media? Actually, there’s a chance -- albeit a small one -- that it could happen less than two months from now.

If Northwestern somehow finds a way to knock off Wisconsin... if Ohio State beats Michigan... if Auburn and Oregon win out and play in the national title game... if Boise State wins out and finishes ahead of TCU in the final BcS rankings... if all of that were to happen, it would be Boise State-Ohio State in the 2011 Rose Bowl.

Given today’s turn of events, and the controversy and conversation enveloping the season as it relates to Boise State’s worthiness, BSU-OSU would be a match-up that would certainly capture the nation’s attention.