Ohio State prez: Gene Smith's job is safe

Jim Tressel has resigned from Ohio State, and many folks believe his boss will be next.

But athletic director Gene Smith can breathe a bit easier, at least for the moment.

Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee told reporters Wednesday that Smith's job is safe despite the controversy enveloping the school's football program. Gee expressed concern about the recent allegations and the confirmed violations by players and Tressel, but he was firm in his support of Smith.

Gee said he couldn't say much at the moment on the advice of the university's attorneys. But he did acknowledge events in recent months drew attention to how the university monitors athletes' compliance with NCAA rules.

"It raises a legitimate question of how did some of these things happen," Gee said. "If it's not working, then we make it work."

Ohio State's compliance staffers can't feel too comfortable right now.

As for Smith, while Gee's comments are encouraging, we all remember what Gee said about Tressel back on March 8. Smith can't feel too comfortable until Ohio State's situation with the NCAA reaches a conclusion.