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Delaney Defends Rutgers; No One Defends Gee

After the recent spate of RBN (really bad news) from Rutgers, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney felt obligated to come to their defense. Here's the translation:

"Look, we know it's a clown school. Rutgers has struggled in just about everything that matters nearly every year they've competed. We don't care about that.

"What we care about is that the population in the traditional Big Ten footprint is declining. That was taking a bite before we started the Big Ten Network and if we don't expand into significant new population centers, we're in B1G trouble. So we're not giving Rutgers back unless everyone in New Jersey moves to Florida."

Meanwhile, the reactions to the comments made by Ohio State Clown/President Gordon Gee continue. As you probably heard, Rick Pitino called him a pompous ass for what he said about Louisville.

And down in Arkansas, Razorback A.D. Jeff Long issued a statement that said that Gee's comments about Arkansas coach Bret Bielema were just wrong:

"As a member of the higher education community, a director of athletics and a native of Ohio, I am deeply troubled by the unfounded and slanderous remarks the President of the state’s flagship institution, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, made about Coach Bret Bielema. While I recognize Dr. Gee has issued an apology stating regret for his comments, it does not erase the unwarranted attack on Bret’s character."

Even Bielema's former A.D. at Wisconsin, Barry Alvarez, thought Gee's comments were over the top and denied ever calling his former coach a "thug."

What exactly did Gee say? Well...

"Someone was saying to me, well, you know, Bret Bielema leaving … that was a blessing for Wisconsin and they knew it. Because he was under tremendous pressure. They didn’t like him. Barry Alvarez thought he was a thug. And he left just ahead of the sheriff."

The guy's a piece of work. As Joe Ovies said in a WRAL column,  "[f]olks have lost their job over less, but Gee is cushioned by his prolific fund-raising abilities. The issue for me is the total lack of self-awareness from Gee, who participates in a conference that happily added a school that can't balance a budget and another school that doesn't how to use Google in a job search.

"These are your institutional leaders, ladies and gentlemen. No wonder it took them this long to figure out something as easy as a college football playoff."