by Ralph Routon
If you've lived in Colorado for, say, 20 years or more, it's likely that you remember the name of Gordon Gee. He formerly was president of the University of Colorado system, arguably the most outgoing and outspoken CU administrator of the past generation, if not ever.
Gee never shied away from media attention, even when the subject was sports. He was totally willing to offer his support in 1989 when Colorado was making a run at a national championship in football (before the Buffaloes lost to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl). Gee left in 1990 for Ohio State and missed out on CU actually winning the national title that season.
Anyway, after bouncing between Ohio State, Brown, Vanderbilt and back to Ohio State again, Gee apparently fancies himself now as an even higher national authority on college football. Here's his assessment on the Bowl Championship Series system for determining the national champion now:
"Well, I don't know enough about the Xs and Os of college football. 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 gauntlet that there's some reason to believe that they're not be the best teams to [be] in the big ballgame."
In other words, Gee says, Boise State and Texas Christian from this part of the world aren't deserving of a chance to play for the national title, even if they have a perfect record with some quality wins (such as Boise State beating Virginia Tech).
Perhaps Gee needs to worry more about academia, and whether Ohio State can beat Michigan on Saturday. Of course, the Buckeyes lost earlier to Wisconsin, which almost certainly will prevent them from having a shot at the national championship game.
Of course, if the college presidents would simply decide to implement a playoff system, we wouldn't have this discussion. And we wouldn't have to listen to Gordon Gee pretending to be a sports expert anymore.