Here is how it happened:
After Maurice Clarrett shared with the world the crazy cheating that goes on in
With that in mind the NCAA starting tapping the phones of all people involved with “one of the: Ohio State University Football teams (in this case the
A Worried Nancy Zimpher Calls Some Old Friends in
Gordon: Yes it’s been working wonders for the basketball program, but you’ve got some trouble brewing in football. Who would have thought that pushing
Gordon: Is it that serious NZ?
Gordon: Sure we have had a “small” string of bad luck against that conference, but you cannot believe it will come to this. Nancy, other jobs will come up you have to get Kelly out the door…start taking funs from the athletic department, delay the construction of a practice bubble, just get him out of the way by 2012.
Gordon: You talked to the NCAA right? There is not a chance he is getting another season. This Bearcat team is a national title contender with Mauk at the QB.
Gordon: The NCAA knows how to handle all of its shit doesn’t it?
Gordon: That is a little risky, NZ. We cannot afford to have our plans revealed to the world. It would really put a black eye on both you and the
A confused Brian Kelly receives a call from
Brian Kelly: Gene, I hear you needed to talk to me over a scheduling issue in 2012. What is that all about?
Gene Smith (OSU Athletic Director):
Brian: Gene, I hear the financial part and I know
Gene: Brian, I am truly sorry, but there is no way we can do it. We just make way more money for games in
Brian: Gene, if it is finances you are worried about we can split the profit with you. Whatever profits are made down at PBS we’ll give you half. That also avoids you having to pay off another 1AA team for a guarantee game in
Gene: Our fans will not be happy. We just need more home games. Our fans will not be able to get tickets like last time. UC fans are going to get all the tickets.
Brian: Gene, I thought this was purely about finances. OK, what if we called it a neutral site game. We split the profits and the ticket distribution 50/50, right down the middle. If we do that the Buckeyes will certainly have at least as many fans as they had last time you came to
Gene: I am sorry, Brian. There is just no way we can play this game.
Brian: Gene lets play in
Gene: Brian, we are the
Brian: Gene, maybe a team like Notre Dame understands the value in promoting a regional non-conference rivalry. It can be a selling point down the road; it creates excitement for the games.
Gene: We are the
Brian: I heard you the first time. You are one of the Ohio State Universities.
Gene: We are the
Brian: Gene, I am going to give you a chance to save face. You do not want to look like you are ducking us and I want to build anticipation for this game. I want there to be pressure to play this game. What if we were to come to OSU to play in 2012? It would be a home game for you, plus you could tell everyone it was purely financial and I’ll stay quiet about all the offers I made you hear today so you could fulfill your contract. I know I could get people all over asking you why OSU ducked UC if they knew the full truth. However, I think when we go up there and play a great game people are going to want to see more. There will be pressure to continue the rivalry. So I am giving you this chance to save face. Play us in
Gene: Not much of a choice there. I am not sure how I will explain this to the President, but we’ll see.
The UC vs. OSU football game scheduled for 2012 was officially moved back to