Report: Michigan Governor A ‘Roadblock To Ohio State’s 6-Team Big Ten Football Plan

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a “roadblock” to the six-team, 10-game Big Ten fall season that Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith was working on, according to OSU reporter Jeff Snook. Gene Smith is publicly denying Snook’s report, but Snook’s standing by his “credible source” who says Iowa, Nebraska and Penn State were onboard with the Ohio State plan. Wisconsin and Michigan were needed to make this plan work, according to Snook.

“I also was also told that one roadblock to the new plan is the fact that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been vehemently opposed to football being played – at the high school and college level – in the state this fall,” Snook says in his latest update.

Whitmer was on record in mid-May stating, “we can have sports, just the way we observe them might look different for a while.” But this is a state where gyms and bowling alleys are still closed.

“We’re going to be in a new normal for quite a while,” Whitmer said in mid-May, “and it doesn’t mean that sports is over. Sports is not over. We need a vaccine, and we need mass quantities available to be able to test and acknowledge we have some immunity built up. We’re not there yet. Until that happens, I think all the organizers of these leagues understand how important it is that we act responsibly here.”

Would Purdue or Indiana make more sense at this point to get the season off the ground? Notre Dame will play fall football so there’s less legislative resistance there from Indiana. Snook isn’t reporting of backup plans if Michigan doesn’t come along.

In other words, Gene Smith has to keep working at this if the Buckeyes are going to have fall football. He can’t depend on Michigan at this point.

To update you on my report from late last night that Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith was working to salvage a…

Posted by Jeff Snook on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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  1. Worst governor handling COVID with the possible exception of the granny killer Cuomo. Not surprising that she would be the obstacle. It’s 50% incompetence, 100% political. No, I’m not math challenged, just making a point.

    • Agreed, but you graded on a steep curve on the competence portion of your ratings. I’d peg Woke Maleficent at 100% on both, and always striving to exceed those scores. As zero point zero alludes to below, Whitmer embodies — is the poster Mad Queen — of the Mencken observation: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

        • Steal away. I liked that better than Czarina Cruella or Grendel’s Mommy.

          All I ask in return is that you stop all gardening (that includes Fall composting), wear a mask when changing the dreaded guinea pig cage (we suit up in full bio-hazard gear at our house, but that was even before Covid) and be sure to snitch on your non-compliant neighbors. Call 1-800-Stasi-safe

      • Obviously Michigan would pull in the most eyeballs but how in the heck can you reach out to Michigan and not Sparty if you already had tabbed Wisconsin as your #6?

        Could Gene Smith be a freakin’ evil genius knowing that Cruella de Whitmer will never go for just one team (0 being the MORE likely outcome!) so he offers it up knowing it will get rejected.

        Then he moves on and gets Wisconsin and adds any one of the other Big 10 teams. Take your pick because it doesn’t matter: Minny, Illini, Northwestern, IU, Purdue, MD, shit even Rutgers. TV numbers would be less but you are playing football this fall.

        Most importantly for Smith and Ohio State- your arch rival isn’t playing.

        In one fell swoop you let the best team you’ve had on campus in the last 20+ years compete for another national title AND you perhaps PERMANENTLY cripple your only real competitor for conference supremacy.

  2. The air must be very thin in the Govenor’s mansion in Michigan.

    I keep seeing ‘travel Michigan’ commercials here in Florida. And for New York too.

    WT actual F ? Am I really gonna go to the shutdown epicenter A or B and then get quarantined for 14 days.

    Are Whitmer and Cuomo drinking out of the same toilet!? 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️

    • Hot in the lizard Queen from “V” sort of way. Notice the smile doesn’t reach her eyes. She’s here to more equally redistribute earth’s water supply and make all humans watch Amy Schumer comedy specials until they gouge out their eyes.

    • I hate to say it, but she’s totally my type. Maybe she’ll figure out someday that the liberal elites are just using her, but then again she’s well on her way to being Nancy Pelosi so she’ll more likely end up one of them.

      My favorite Whitmer story of the year was when she scolded the people of Michigan to stay home for Memorial Day weekend and not travel. And then her husband got nailed pulling rank on some guy at the facility where they dry dock their boat, 90 miles from where they live.When the employee told Mr. Gretchen that they had too many people in line ahead of him and they could not get his boat in the water for Memorial Day, he pulled the “Does it help if My Wife is the Governor” card. And beautifully the boat guy said “no, it doesn’t put you ahead of anyone else”

      What’s good for thee, is not good for me.

      • See, he did it wrong.

        What he should have said (in his best Don Corleone voice) was:

        “Does it help if my wife — who has the personal warmth of Hillary Clinton backpacking with a broken ankle in the Arctic circle with no more Chardonnay — is a ruthless cybernetic nanny-bot with a titanium endoskeleton under human skin who subsists on the chilled tears of MAGA voters locked in her Chokey and who will make you wear a very itchy hair unitard for the rest of your natural life if you don’t put me at the front of the line? Do you accept this offer you cannot refuse, Mr. Vassal?”


      • The funniest part is they lied to the state congressman who broke the story, threatened him to the point that he took his post down, and then after the story went wild over the weekend as they denied it they pivoted on Monday to “He was totally joking!!! Obviously it wasn’t appropriate to joke like that. He’s sorry.” 🙄

        It must be nice to be protected like that by the 3rd estate. If Ron Desantis got served a cup of Cuban coffee by a 3rd generation immigrant in Miami he’d be accused of oppressing latinos for a solid month.

    • “ This lady is a total coronabro but she is low-key kinda hot. I’d give her a good ole fashioned rogering and make her change her mind.”

      Lolwut? Funniest comment I’ve seen in a while. Thanks for the laugh!

  3. That statement was in May and the gyms and bowling alleys are still closed for no legitimate reason. Each of those factions has multiple lawsuits / petitions to no avail. She has no intention of opening anything up. (Not that she had the authority to close them in the first place.) In fact, shes planning more lockdown restrictions.

    • True, she has already conceded the governor election and is instead focused on moving into a much bigger role within the DNC. At this point she is truly a villainess, which would be hot if it wasn’t so tragic.

    • Watch it Keith. She knows what’s best for all of us and surely has a plan to neutralize any negative impacts that may result from wiping out a boatload of Michigan businesses. These entrepreneurs spent their entire lives building these companies – of course she wouldn’t wreck these families for political reasons.

  4. If armed protesters at her workplace weren’t enough to wake this idiot Whitmer up to the fact she is hated and doing everything wrong and shitting on the constitution, nothing will. After all, this is the same lady that claimed it was a bunch of nazis that put her on notice. Of course! Always call people who you piss off nazis. Rule 1 of the leftist shitbag handbook!

  5. Pretty awesome Whitmer begging for $20B of federal aid to keep the state running when responsibility falls directly in her lap. She knows every democrat in Michigan will let her off the hook because of ‘Trump’ in lieu of taxing their brain for 10 minutes.

  6. Is cruella Whitmer making this decision because her Alma mater Michigan State left out of six team plan? Conflict of interest definitely. Hey cruella, let the people of Michigan be able to buy paint or gardening supplies.

  7. Trump can make hay out of this shrew’s megalomania, so there’s the upside. Beyond that, Michigan voters need to get their heads out of their asses and vote as their lives and livelihoods depend on it because it does.

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