Ohio State pres­i­dent com­plains about ri­ot­ing

Later soft­ens re­marks on game­day ri­ots

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio— A for­mer Ohio State Univer­sity pres­i­dent who cracked down on game-day be­hav­ior dur­ing her ten­ure at the school lam­basted Buck­eyes fans in a re­cent job in­ter­view, say­ing they looked for any ex­cuse to riot.

“When you win a game, you riot. When you lose a game, you riot. When spring comes, you riot. African-Amer­i­can Her­itage Fes­ti­val week­end, you riot,” Karen Hol­brook said last week dur­ing a video­taped in­ter­view for the pres­i­dent’s job at Florida Gulf Coast Univer­sity.

She told of­fi­cials there that she con­fronted a cul­ture of ri­ot­ing when she ar­rived at Ohio State in 2002 and that she wit­nessed peo­ple do­ing “dis­gust­ing things, un­be­liev­able things” on a video­tape she or­dered made af­ter the Ohio State-Michi­gan game that year.

“They think it’s fun to flip cars, to re­ally have ab­so­lute drunken or­gies. ... I don’t want to be at a place that has this kind of cul­ture as a norm,” she said.

Af­ter her com­ments, re­leased by the Florida univer­sity, got back to Ohio and the 52,000stu­dent univer­sity, she soft­ened her tone, not­ing that her neg­a­tive re­marks rep­re­sented five min­utes out of 10 hours of talks with of­fi­cials of the Florida school, much of which fo­cused on Ohio State’s pos­i­tives.

“Peo­ple have ig­nored ev­ery other won­der­ful thing about a great in­sti­tu­tion that I bragged about, and that is what con­cerns me,” Hol­brook said Thurs­day from her Florida home.

Hol­brook said she was bar­raged with com­plaints af­ter she led a crack­down on tail­gat­ing and game-day be­hav­ior af­ter 2002 ri­ots made na­tional news.

“They said, ‘You’re a goodie two-shoes. You don’t un­der­stand what it is to be a Buck­eye,’” she said.

Hol­brook re­tired in June with a $250,000 exit bonus, then ap­plied for the Florida Gulf Coast job this month. Hol­brook later with­drew from con­sid­er­a­tion for the Florida job.

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