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Rick Bay is not yet 50 years old, but he's pretty sure his legacy has already been established in the minds of most sports fans.

It's been five years and four jobs since Bay resigned as the athletic director at Ohio State, where he quit when the university usurped his power by firing football coach Earle Bruce over Bay's objections.He became something of a folk hero in Ohio for standing up for himself and his principles so staunchly. Now that he has returned to the state as president of the Cleveland Indians, Bay wishes people would recognize him as more than just the man who quit is job.

"I've always been uncomfortable with it, because I like to think I did more at Ohio State than simply resign," Bay said recently. "But at the time it happened, I could tell immediately that that's how I was going to be recalled by most people."