This was done November 17th, 2006 Black Sports Network.
Gene Smith, the Athletic Director at Ohio State University, is a difference maker. He oversees one of the most successful athletic programs across the college landscape. He’s one of only eleven Black athletic directors and has paid his dues–serving as athletic director for Arizona State, Eastern Michigan and Iowa State. He’s cultured. He won two championships (one as a player, one as a coach) at Notre Dame but wasn’t satisfied. He aspired to be a ground breaking and social changing administrator who is heart set on taking Ohio State into a new realm of athletic as well as organizational consistency. He recently was named one of the 50 most powerful African Americans in sports by Black Enterprise magazine, has served on the NCAA Management Council, the NCAA Committee on Infractions, the Rose Bowl Committee and the NCAA Football Rules Committee amongst others. With his supremely intelligent and positive character, there will most assuredly be other athletic legislative branches seeking his leadership and organizational skills.
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