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Ohio State's Gene Smith Joins The Zone

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was a guest of 105.7 The Zone this afternoon. Among the topics he discussed:

  • Like football coach Urban Meyer, Smith has now returned from his suspension. "We've moved on beyond that, and we understood what we were being suspended for." The lesson learned, Smith said, was the need to loop in the appropriate people on decision making. 
  • It's not enough to graduate college anymore; it's about "recruitment to career," which is something OSU tries to address with its athletes. He cited coach Meyer's "Real Life Wednesday" as an example. (Men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann does something similar called "Beyond Basketball.")
  • Smith touted the school spending $181 million over the last 3 years on facility improvement.
  • There is no sense in trying to track national sentiment on Ohio State, Smith said. He only pays attention of the perception of rational, reasonable people. Otherwise? "I'm from the east side of Cleveland, so nothing really bothers me." 
  • "Oh, my goodness!" Smith replied when asked about the Browns falling in overtime to the Raiders last week. It was hard to watch, but "I like the spirit I see!" 
  • He also jokingly trash talked now Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Forget Mayfield planting a flag after Oklahoma's win at Ohio Stadium. (Or trying to plant a flag. Turf field, you know?) Smith spoke about the Buckeye road game the year before where they "spanked them" even after a long rain delay ("three hours eating sandwiches").

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