- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 4, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State University president who cracked down on game-day behavior during her tenure at the school lambasted Buckeyes fans in a recent job interview, saying they looked for any excuse to riot.

“When you win a game, you riot. When you lose a game, you riot. When spring comes, you riot. African-American Heritage Festival weekend, you riot,” Karen Holbrook said during a videotaped interview for the president’s job at Florida Gulf Coast University.

She told officials there that she confronted a culture of rioting when she arrived at Ohio State in 2002 and that she witnessed people doing “disgusting things, unbelievable things” after the Michigan game that year.

After her comments were released by the Florida university and got back to Ohio, she softened her tone, saying the remarks represented five minutes out of 10 hours of talks.

“People have ignored every other wonderful thing about a great institution that I bragged about, and that is what concerns me,” she said last week. She applied for the Florida Gulf Coast job last month but later withdrew.

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