During his tenure as chancellor at Vanderbilt, Gordon Gee disbanded the Commodores’ athletics department and completely revamped the way the university did intercollegiate athletics business.
Considering the recent developments on his watch at Ohio State, the NCAA might do the dirty work for him this time.
When he made the sweeping changes at Vanderbilt in 2003, including but not limited to the elimination of the athletics director’s position, Gee wrote that “many athletic departments exist as separate, almost semi-autonomous fiefdoms within universities.” Boy, did he nail that one.
Unfortunately, Gee lost his religion when he left Vanderbilt for his second tour of duty as president of Ohio State University — I’m sorry, The Ohio State University — in 2007. At Vanderbilt, he kept athletics on a tight leash. At Ohio State, he let the tail wag the dog.