I understand trying to be control the emotions after taking a ridiculous shot from someone. However, Gee is a continuous repeat offender. Which makes him a bigoted goober who is a liability to OSU and its supporters as well as the Big 10. The longer he stays the less I think of OSU as a university. FWIW, I grew up in Ohio and know the legacy of the school quite well.
Ohio State president Gordon Gee has once again botched a joke in a public setting. Actually, he botched several jokes. His attempts at being funny in front of an OSU athletic council meeting back in December have turned into a national scandal — what doesn’t? — and now he’s having to beg for forgiveness.
If you missed his comments, you can read them here. Putting it simply, the ex-Vanderbilt chancellor fired a shot at SEC academics while also managing to insult Notre Dame, Louisville, the ACC, and Catholics everywhere. And, yes, the Catholic thing is the biggie.
Being an ex-SEC man himself, Gee knows SEC commissioner Mike Slive quite well. And according to Slive, Gee has already called him to apologize. So has Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany. And Slive has accepted both men’s apologies:
“(Gee) called me a week or so ago and he said he said some things that he wanted to apologize for. I didn’t know what they were, he didn’t say what they were and (he) said they might come out and wanted (me) to know he was very apologetic and very sorry for what he said.
Subsequently I got a call from Jim Delany the other day, prior to it coming out and not only did he apologize… he made it abundantly clear that he has great respect for the Southeastern Conference, enjoys the competitions and Gordon Gee was not speaking for him or the Big Ten and he apologized on behalf of himself and on behalf of the Big Ten conference.”
Enough. End of story.
When I first read the Gee story I thought to myself: “What a stupid thing for a university president to say in public, even in a joking manner.” Then I wrote that. And then I moved on.
Unfortunately half the folks in America are now out for Gee’s head, outraged — outraged!!! — over his comments.
Lighten up, Francis.
Gee was trying to be cute and as is usually the case when he tries to be cute — “I hope Jim Tressel doesn’t dismiss me” – he failed miserably.
Sadly, as a society we no longer have the ability to move on from anything. Take Florida assistant Tim Davis’ “devil” comment regarding Alabama’s Nick Saban. It was a dumb thing to say in public, joking or not. UF coach Will Muschamp and AD Jeremy Foley both called Saban to apologize on Davis’ behalf, though the assistant — the one guy who should have apologized — hasn’t.
But did we really need two full weeks of national stories on that topic?
Mention it. Give an opinion on it. Move on.
But that’s now what happened in Davis’ case. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in L’affaire Gee, either.