Ohio State's Gee critical of AD in letter

November, 10, 2011
11/10/11
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Some of you might have caught this already, but there's an interesting nugget from today's Ohio State's NCAA violations news in the letter written from university president E. Gordon Gee to athletic director Gene Smith.

Gee wrote to Smith, "I am disappointed that this is where we find ourselves. You know I find this unacceptable."

Gee could be trying to show remorse and disappointment for the school's latest NCAA rules violations. He has been publicly supportive of Smith throughout the past 11 months since the first violations surfaced.

But the letter seems pretty direct and could indicate a shift in Gee's thinking about Smith regarding the athletic departments monitoring -- or lack thereof -- of former booster Bobby DiGeronimo. We likely won't know until the penalty phase is compete and Ohio State's NCAA case is closed, but his letter is worth noting.

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