Ohio State Athletic Director/Vice President Gene Smith

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    GENE SMITH
    • He says he wants to think Illinois AD Josh Whitman, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, the partners at FOX and Ohio State president Kristina Johnson.
    • "This is our reality. We're struggling as a community to stop the spread of COVID-19." He says having "definitive guidance" through this process is difficult.
    • Smith says Ohio State did not hit the Big Ten threshold that would have necessitated a program shutdown, "but the positivity rate was concerning enough where we felt we needed to pause."
    • He says Ohio State had an "unbelievable run" of minimal positive tests.
    • Smith says the goal is to put together a plan to "potentially come back to compete next weekend."
    • He thanks Larry Johnson for stepping into the role as interim head coach.
    • Smith says there haven't been conversations with the Big Ten about getting rid of the six-game minimum required for the Big Ten championship. "I get the question. I'm very sensitive to that. But that's not where we are. We made a decision late last night to do what we did." Important to note: He does say that might come up in future discussions. Doesn't rule it out.
    • Smith on what needs to happen for Ohio State to play Michigan State: "I think we need to continue to test and see that there's no more positives that occur. We need to make sure that we're working with our conference office that they're confident in what we're doing." He says they need to make sure they're playing "on a clean field."
    • Friday evening, Smith says, it became apparent that the program needed to be paused.
    • He says it's "kind of fluid" when Ohio State gets back to the practice field. "There's too much uncertainty." He mentions there's probably a point where they wouldn't be able to compete, but he'd defer to Day.
    • Asked when Ohio State can get back into the facility: "We don't know. The approval process us us. It's not like we have to get approval from the Big Ten or anyone else. It's us."
    • Smith says he doesn't think any Big Ten has hit the thresholds to force a shutdown. In Ohio State's case, they're seeing "community-type spread."
    • On the Illinois game: "Could we have played? Sure. Was it the right thing to play? No."
    • On Day: "I just want to thank Ryan. I can't begin to share with you how hard his job is. I can't. I think most of you who are with him every week, you get it. But I can't tell you how hard his job is, particularly now. It's beyond describing."
     
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