- Associated Press - Thursday, November 25, 2010

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - Boise State’s president said his counterpart at Ohio State’s claim that Big Ten and Southeastern Conference teams play a “murderer’s row” schedule “is the greatest exaggeration I think we’ve heard this year in college football.”

In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Bob Kustra angrily responded to Ohio State President Gordon Gee’s statement that TCU and Boise State don’t deserve to be in the Bowl Championship Series title game even if they run the table.

Gee said of the power conferences’ schedules: “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

Kustra had Ohio State’s last two schedules in front of him _ the Buckeyes have played Southern California and Miami, in addition to several mid-majors and directional schools _ and said, “If they’re not playing the Little Sisters of the Poor, they’re playing the Little Brothers.”

He added: “Maybe President Gee doesn’t go to the games of the teams that are not in his Big Ten, but he’s playing some easy marks.”

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte also stepped into the fray, defending the Horned Frogs’ unblemished record.

“We only worry about our house and what we do at TCU,” he said. “I’ll put our record up against anybody.”

Kustra said he had to speak up after hearing Gee’s comments.

“I don’t mind somebody stating that they don’t think we ought to be in the national championship, but to do it with such erroneous information as Gordon Gee has used, gets under the skin of all of us who thought university presidents were supposed to be standing for fairness, equity and truth in how we portray our universities,” Kustra said. “And he’s doing a very poor job of that at the moment.”

The controversy began when Gee defended the BCS and the current bowl system earlier in the day in an interview with The AP.

“Well, I don’t know enough about the Xs and Os of college football,” said Gee, formerly the president at West Virginia, Colorado, Brown and Vanderbilt. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for these schools.”

Referring to TCU and Boise State, he added, “I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there’s some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to (be) in the big ballgame.”

That left both TCU and Boise State angry.

“We go through the gantlet every single day,” Del Conte said.

Kustra said he it was hypocritical of Ohio State and all of the major BCS conferences to demean teams like Boise State. He said most of those conferences refuse to schedule his school.

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