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OSU’s Gee Takes Shots At The SEC, Notre Dame, Catholics, And Everything Else Under The Sun

gordon-geeSomeone might to check to see if Gordon Gee’s bowtie is tied too tight.  Ohio State’s president is acting like a man who’s not getting enough oxygen to the old noodle.

According to the Associated Press, OSU held a meeting of its athletics council in December.  Gee — who served as chancellor at Vanderbilt from 2001 through 2007 — fired off a number of jokes about various schools and conferences during the meeting.  He even managed to insult Catholics.

We know this because the notes from that meeting have now gone public.

A few of his inappropriate jokes:

 

*  On why Notre Dame wasn’t invited to join the Big Ten: “The fathers are holy on Sunday and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week… You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.”  (Gee is a Mormon.)

*  On what the Big Ten looked for in expansion partners: “… institutions of like-minded academic integrity.  So you won’t see us adding Louisville.”  (He then said the Big Ten wouldn’t be adding the University of Kentucky, either.)

*  When asked how Big Ten fans should respond when SEC fans say people in a 14-team league called the Big Ten can’t count: “You tell the SEC when they learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing.”

 

Gee also said that the Big Ten made a mistake in not adding Missouri and Kansas when it had the chance, which could possibly be taken as an insult by fans of Nebraska, Maryland, and Rutgers.

Most of Gee’s remarks sound like the kind of thing a person would say jokingly to his peers behind closed doors.  But in this day and age there are no closed doors.  Gee, a university president, should know that and he should have been more measured in his comments.

As for joking about Catholics, well, that was just pure stupidity for a man in Gee’s position.  If he were hosting a late-night talk show?  Fine.  But a university president can’t say those kinds of things.

Ohio State — sorry, The Ohio State University — has called Gee’s statements inappropriate and said that their president is undergoing a “remediation plan” as a result.  Gee himself put out a statement apologizing:

 

“The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for.  They were a poor attempt at humor and entirely inappropriate.”

 

Some guys just don’t know how to tell a joke.  They go too far, they joke when they shouldn’t, etc.  That seems to be the case with Gee.  After all, this is the same man who once joked during the Jim Tressel scandal that he hoped the coach wouldn’t fire him.

As someone who once lived in Columbus, I can tell you that fans of Ohio State athletics were very glad to see him leave OSU in 1998.  And after he did away with Vandy’s athletic department, Commodore fans were just as happy to see his taillights heading right back up I-65 toward Columbus in 2007.

 


13 comments
buddha22
buddha22

How about Delaney steps in and this bigot is shown the door and stays on vacation? It would be the first time in a long time that I would respect something coming from the Big Ten.

frug
frug

@buddha22  

 Delaney works for the presidents not the other way around.

buddha22
buddha22

frug - Exactly. Imagine 13 of them would like the commish to give OSU/Gee some serious direction. Indeed, sounds as if they did. Still don't understand why he is being given double open probation when he should be shown the door. Guess it was because it was just Catholics.

frug
frug

@buddha22  

 Gee is still around because modern university presidents spend about 70% of their time fund raising and nobody does it better than Gee.  

ChaseTheTrainWarren
ChaseTheTrainWarren

from the Ohio state fans that i have come across, he is the best person to represent them

Hunchback
Hunchback

He might be able to get away with the Catholic stuff down in Alabama, where everybody is mostly Protestant. But up in Ohio, the largest Christian denomination by far is Catholic. Religion is such a sensitive issue and the bulk of his people are Catholic, including his coach. Bad move, even if he was just joking. 

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

@Hunchback  

Yeah, I would bet a large percentage of OSU students and alumni are Catholic.  Of all the comments, that one made the least sense.

ezgame
ezgame

For the love of god....  please shut the hell up?  Somebody stop this guy?????  Oh my gosh is he full of himself and the Buckeyes?

Ok?, Ooooh-kay, ok....  maybe he has no filter between his brain & mouth?  Still...   No president should be saying this stuff!  Privately... let it fly.  Publically???  Com'on, use the standard protocal or political reponse?  Unbelievable...  you  can NOT script this stuff if you tried....

Doosh-bag.

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

wasn't jim tressel suppoesd to fire him?

ezgame
ezgame

@alamoaggie08   Appearently, stepping down by JT is more effective - saving face?

I hear some Big10 bloggers calling him, "aw Gordon Gee-Wizz"...  like Walley to Beaver combo, or something like that?  If anything it's billboard material?

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

It is amazing how he was able to insult so many people. The whole L'ville jab was a slap to the ACC. The SEC is used to being laughed at by northerners. That is ok. Time in on our side. Slowly but surely people and companies are moving south. You might be able to gloat today, but you won't be able to long term. There is only so long that people will pay those high rates to attend school there and then be forced to move to another part of the country to get a job.

badbadhoggie
badbadhoggie

It amazes me what some so called "educated people" say...he should be fired today...I don't for a second think it was an attempt at humor!  The Midwest Runner Ups know that the Irish would steal to much of the publicity and lime light if they were to join the wanna be's!  They won't fire him because he's always been something of a loud mouth little weasel!  Answer me one question, what if u replaced the catholics/sec with a SWAC school or other predominately African American university would Ohio Who just apologize and let this blow over, I don't think so!

sec_fan
sec_fan

Looks Like Vanderbilt owes someone a Thank You. The big Ten has always thought they were better than anyone else. Someday they need to prove it.

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