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Apologies, responses rolling in after Gee’s remarks

E. Gordon Gee AP

E. Gordon Gee issued an apology earlier today when the Associated Press published certain remarks the Ohio State president made during a December meeting.

Specifically, Gee made comments about the “damn Catholics” at Notre Dame, Louisville’s academic reputation, and the SEC’s ability to read and write. Naturally, said remarks didn’t go over so well. Gee and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany have already reached out to SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Notre Dame to apologize.

“We find the remarks most regrettable, particularly regarding Father Joyce, who served Notre Dame and collegiate athletics so well and for so long,” Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said in a statement released Thursday. “President Gee has contacted [Notre Dame president] Father [John] Jenkins to offer an apology that he has accepted.”

Even with the apology, Delany and Ohio State have been forced into PR duty.

“The remarks made by Ohio State University president Gordon Gee were inappropriate and in no way represent the opinions of the conference,” said Delany. “We have great respect for the University of Notre Dame and the SEC, and we are proud of the rich, competitive history we share with each.”

“For the leader of a renowned university, inappropriate comments about particular groups, classes of people or individuals are wholly unacceptable and are not in line with what we aspire to be as an institution of higher education,” a statement from Ohio State’s board of trustees chairman Robert Schottenstein read.

But the damage has been done. Louisville issued a statement later on Thursday over Gee’s comments, which suggested the Big Ten had “institutions of like-minded academic integrity… So you won’t see us adding Louisville.”

“We understand this is not the first time President Gee has made statements he has regretted,” Louisville spokesman Mark Hebert said via the Wall Street Journal. “We accept his apology. But we will go ahead and send information to his office that might improve his knowledge of the school which is, perhaps, experiencing the sharpest upward trajectory of its academic and athletic programs of any school in the country—the University of Louisville.”

Jokes or not, Gee has pulled attention to his school for the wrong reasons once again.

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28 Responses to “Apologies, responses rolling in after Gee’s remarks”
  1. cometkazie says: May 30, 2013 7:08 PM

    Serves the twit right.

  2. callmecynical says: May 30, 2013 7:18 PM

    As an OSU fan and a taxpayer in Ohio, this guy needs to go. He is the highest paid president of any University in the U.S. He gets outrageous incentives, fringes and bennies.

    You know why? He extorted OSU not once, but twice. He first left OSU to go to Brown. He left there to go to Vandy. We’re talking in the span of about maybe 15 years.

    Now this buffoon that wouldn’t recognize a football unless it was painted with $100 bills opens up his useless trap to weigh in on 2 prestigious universities and the acknowledged current BCS conference champs.

    Perhaps term limits for U. presidents or something other than being Lex Wexner’s pet.

    Ben, you were dead on to call this out. What an embarassment to OSU fans.

  3. seanb20124 says: May 30, 2013 7:21 PM

    Only smokers and Catholics can be discriminated against in today’s PC world.

  4. prov1x says: May 30, 2013 7:57 PM

    Guy was an idiot when at Vandy. Eliminated the athletic dept and AD position, then goes to Ohio St and sees the light and all of a sudden “sports good, me like money”.

    His bow tie is too tight, oxygen deprivation.

  5. dcroz says: May 30, 2013 8:08 PM

    Gee is living proof that a having a PhD does not mean you’re smart. He tried his best to destroy athletics at Vandy by reducing it to the same level as the chess club in the Office of Student Life. It’s no coincidence that the ‘Dores reversed their fortunes when he left for OSU; the football team just had its first nine-win season in almost a century and finished ranked for the first time in a generation, while the baseball team is the #1-ranked team in the country headed into the NCAA tournament. Now he’s at Ohio State where he suddenly thinks athletics is a great idea, but is keeping attention on himself with his idiotic statements. OSU needs to jettison him to the Ivy League where no one really cares what he says or does.

  6. 1historian says: May 30, 2013 8:09 PM

    Keep in mind that he is a practicing moron and that means you have to practice all the time.

    Nothing to see here folks, just move on.

  7. jrs45 says: May 30, 2013 8:42 PM

    Lmao! This guy sounds great. He’s actually pretty accurate.

  8. Deb says: May 30, 2013 8:57 PM

    Excellent statement from Robert Schottenstein of Ohio State’s Board of Trustees. His comment was much more in line with what I’d expect from someone representing a university of that caliber. The board is probably debating Gee’s future at OSU as we type.

  9. vincentbojackson says: May 30, 2013 9:39 PM

    Gee is, and has always been a clown.

    How he remains employed after the comments he’s made over the years is mind-blowing.

  10. cometkazie says: May 30, 2013 9:40 PM

    Let me get this straight.

    Gee went from OSU to Brown.

    From Brown to Vandy/Ivy League to the SEC.

    Then from Vandy/SEC back to OSU.

    The man is certifiably nuts! Must be due to lack of oxygen at the heights where Brown and Vandy are.

  11. barkleyblows says: May 30, 2013 9:54 PM

    No need to apologize when you are 100% accurate.

    Just sayin

  12. normtide says: May 30, 2013 10:03 PM

    He sounds like the president of Redneck University. So much for OSU being such a academic powerhouse, not with Gee representing them.

  13. pastabelly says: May 30, 2013 10:11 PM

    Big 10 has its own problems with Penn State and Rutgers (and Gee).

  14. 10of14 says: May 30, 2013 10:14 PM

    The guy is an idiot and the Trustees are too for allowing him to run them over. A Mormon bashing a Catholic…really??? As for OSU…just watch one painful interview with their QB Braxton Miller and you will see that academics are not a priority at that school. Lastly; have some success against the SEC and then just maybe you can talk trash.

  15. classyjacklambert says: May 30, 2013 10:16 PM

    Does Ohio State even have a better academic record than Louisville? I figured they were about neck and neck.

  16. dkhhuey says: May 30, 2013 10:53 PM

    Uff – Gordon is incredibly smart and the top of his class as a nerd/geek, and like others in that category, completely socially inept!

  17. irishdodger says: May 30, 2013 11:00 PM

    There are 2.5 billion reasons why Gee will keep his job.

  18. baseballbarrister says: May 31, 2013 12:02 AM

    If you took President Gee’s words and replaced his use of “Catholic” with Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu he would already be out of a job. I would argue he should be in the current circumstance as well.

  19. usm418 says: May 31, 2013 12:35 AM

    Like Mitt Romney’s 47% comment fellow Mormon Mr.Gee has to realize that outrageous comments have consequences.

  20. cometkazie says: May 31, 2013 8:02 AM

    irishdodger says:
    May 30, 2013 11:00 PM
    There are 2.5 billion reasons why Gee will keep his job.
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    And is paid so much . . . .

  21. mediocrebob says: May 31, 2013 8:05 AM

    It’s funny how this guy has stuck his foot in his mouth before and didn’t learn. Guy can’t be as smart as you all claim.

    If I remember correctly, he bashed TCU for playing “sisters of the poor” only to watch TCU go on and beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Has he reviewed osu’s schedule the next few years? Buffalo? Florida A&M? SDSU?

    The guy has no clue. Tressel should’ve fired him when he supposedly had the chance.

    Also, funny that osu’s AD is a former Notre Dame football player / alumni.

  22. delashmit says: May 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    It is time to put E. Gordon Gee “out to pasture.” He should be fired immediately by Ohio State with no additional compensation due. The SEC meanwhile should immediately start a class action lawsuit on behalf of all SEC students, alumni and fans. I received a MSEE from the University of Tennessee and later a Ph.D. from another school. I will put my education up against any one. The only thing E. Gordon Gee has over me is that he makes more money and he is stupid.

  23. noaxetogrind says: May 31, 2013 11:04 AM

    @barkleyblows, For what it is worth, there are at least two institutions in the SEC that are every bit the academic peer of Ohio State and by most metrics superior, Vandy and Florida. Do a little research and compare the 3 schools for merit scholars, average SAT for incoming frosh, and amount of sponsored research. Check out U.S News annual rankings. OSU will come in 3rd. Nothing against OSU, great school. Just tired of the misinformed stereotyping against the SEC. You don’t think this could have anything to do with the fact that Florida, a member of the SEC, has destroyed Ohio State for the National Championship in both football and basketball recently? In fact if am not mistaken they just beat them in womens lacross as well.

    Just sayin…..

  24. waynefontes says: May 31, 2013 11:23 AM

    seanb20124 says:
    May 30, 2013 7:21 PM
    Only smokers and Catholics can be discriminated against in today’s PC world.
    ————————————————–

    Are you serious? Everyone knows that the South will always be considered a punchline that is PC friendly.

    All us yokels in the South can’t get a well edumacation. We all be dumb inbred rednecks.

    Of course, OSU can claim such intellectual elite such as Art Schlichter, Andy Katzenmoyer and Maurice Clarett.

    Every university and conference has their bad sheep, some admittedly more than others.

  25. chiadam says: May 31, 2013 12:48 PM

    People are defined by the company they keep. So are universities.

  26. albanyjints says: Jun 1, 2013 9:54 AM

    Wonder what Urban Meyer — a devout Catholic — thinks about this clown? The clown needs to be fired immediately — no tolerance for this idiot. Funny how it is politically correct to trash Catholics in this society. If the comments were about blacks or Jewish people, there would be outrage on the front pages (as there should be). Ohio State needs to act NOW and get rid of this scum.

  27. cometkazie says: Jun 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    albanyjints says:
    Jun 1, 2013 9:54 AM
    Wonder what Urban Meyer — a devout Catholic — thinks about this clown? The clown needs to be fired immediately — no tolerance for this idiot. Funny how it is politically correct to trash Catholics in this society. If the comments were about blacks or Jewish people, there would be outrage on the front pages (as there should be). Ohio State needs to act NOW and get rid of this scum.
    +-+-+
    You could ask that about Saban. A devout Roman Catholic, he hears mass before every game and gets knocked twice by Gee.

  28. 32stork says: Jun 4, 2013 10:40 PM

    I get the furor over this. But if you set yourself up by your own sanctimony – Catholic Church & we’re the only ones who get to go to heaven, and the SEC – be prepared, rightly or wrongly, to suffer the slings and arrows……..

    As for those of you who are speaking of OSU’s academic prowess: please. OSU isn’t Vandy, Brown, Wisconsin, Berkeley, Illinois, Michigan, Washington or a hundred other schools, private or public. OSU is just another public school that pays its administrators, AD & coaches waaaay too much money as they feed at the public trough supported by the taxpayers of the state.

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