is Ted Carter Jr. going to be a problem for the Ohio State football program?

The new president already has a couple of questionable decisions on his resume since taking over in January. Is he going to be a problem moving forward?
April 11, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; 
Ted Carter held his first State of the University as Ohio
April 11, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ted Carter held his first State of the University as Ohio / Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch /

Ohio State got a new President in January after Kristina Johnson abruptly resigned for reasons that remain unknown. We'll probably never know the true reason why she did. In any case, Ted Carter Jr. was chosen as her replacement. He seemed like a good choice for an Ohio State football perspective immediately.

Carter came from Nebraska, a football school. It was thought that he understood the value of a good football program. He was the one who decided to hire Ross Bjork from Texas A&M despite Bjork having made some questionable decisions in College Station, including the abhorrent Jimbo Fisher contract.

He apparently made that decision on his own without the guidance of anyone else. Then, there is the whole commencement speaker debacle. I was at graduation this past weekend for my fiancé as she got her Masters. I saw the terrible Chris Pan speech and the non-acknowledgement of the suicide that happened from the stadium during the sceremony.

Apparently, Carter decided to choose this crypto bro as a speaker instead of the likes of LeBron James, Jim Tressel, and others. Those were recommended to him by the Advisory Committee. Instead, Carter went rogue and made his own decision.

Is that going to be an issue for Ohio State athletics, specifically the Ohio State football program? If they have a president who makes rash decisions, that doesn't bode well for the future of the program. He better not get involved when it comes to coaching decisions.

Carter didn't seem to have any direct involvement with hiring Jake Diebler, which is fine. I think keeping Diebler for the Ohio State basketball program was the right decision. The point is that it's not great to have a loose cannon as a president that doesn't consider advice given to him.


Time will tell whether or not Carter ends up being a problem or an asset for the university. So far, it's been a bit of a disaster.