Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee hadn't spoken to the media since former coach Jim Tressel resigned on Monday.
So, after nearly a week of frenzied media coverage that's covered everything from Tressel's pattern of deception to Terrelle Pryor's separate investigation, Gee did what any good president would do -- he gave his athletic director the kiss of death.
While yes, this is a vote of confidence from Gee to Smith, but those rarely turn out as a good thing. When Michael Corleone kissed his brother Fredo in The Godfather Part II, we all knew what followed. Gee's support to the media is equivalent to Corleone's kiss of death.