It's amazing what people will say when they think it's private.
My favorite quote might be when Gee said that Pitt will never be in the Big Ten because Penn State loathes Pitt.
It's bull. I don't doubt guys like Jordan, Spanier, and Curly wanted no part of sharing PA with Pitt in the Big Ten, but PSU alone didn't block Pitt. Pitt fans will also throw in there that it was Paterno...I don't think so. The guy might have been a jerk at times, but he saw the value of an eastern cluster that revolved around his PSU and Pitt.
And honestly, since it never congealed up in these parts, he was right. The power of the northeast was shared by the likes of PSU, VT, Notre Dame, OSU, and Miami since the 80's and 90's. Only PSU resides in the territory...the others just used a conference or years of political in-fighting to steal the talent right from under them.
Gee hinted that the situation with Pitt was like Iowa State and Cincinnati. So, if the Big Ten did let Pitt in, Ohio politics would demand Cincinnati as Iowa would for Iowa State. Yeah, maybe PSU advocated for others ahead of Pitt...but it's going to take more than one school to not consider Pitt. So, to that extent...Gee was probably just as guilty as not plucking Pitt...he just wouldn't throw his own work under the bus. And I see you over there, Iowa.
With the idiots Gee and Spanier both gone, here's hoping if expansion does happen, it gets back to the core of picking up great schools no matter the geographic redundancy.