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“I don’t expect Mr. Gee to live like a monk,” Dale Butland of Innovation Ohio, a liberal think tank based in Columbus, told the newspaper. “I just don’t think he should be living like Donald Trump.”

Not every college president lives that way, of course. But if you’re the boss of a school with a big piece of the revenue pie that is college sports these days, chances are good you aren’t staging bake sales to get by, either. While Gee is hardly the only member of the fraternity who’s displayed excessive loyalty and questionable judgment trying to prop up his sports programs, he’s practically made himself the poster child for the problem.

That wasn’t what anyone had in mind little more than a decade ago, when university presidents wrested control of the NCAA from their athletic directors and conference commissioners with a promise to halt runaway spending and reform big-time sports. Talk about wolves in sheep’s clothing.


Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) and follow him at Litke.