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Barry Alvarez responds to Gee’s comments, denies calling Bielema a ‘thug’

Barry Alvarez, Bret Bielema AP

With his remarks from a meeting last December being made public yesterday — and apparently with no school, conference or person being spared — Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee has had to do a lot of apologizing lately. Included in that list is Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez.

Thanks to Sports Illustrated‘s open records request, it was revealed that Gee admitted he said Alvarez thought former Badgers coach Bret Bielema was a “thug.”

In response, Alvarez issued the following brief statement Friday afternoon:

“Gordon Gee called me to apologize last week regarding comments he knew would be made public. I have never said that about Bret, nor had those feelings towards him. I accepted Gordon’s apology and consider the matter closed.”

Whether or not the matter is in fact closed on a bigger scale, with Gee’s job in some sense of jeopardy now and all, remains to be seen.

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9 Responses to “Barry Alvarez responds to Gee’s comments, denies calling Bielema a ‘thug’”
  1. be4bama says: May 31, 2013 6:18 PM

    Like I said before he’s the Joe Biden of college football.

  2. thefiesty1 says: May 31, 2013 7:13 PM

    How much longer is Gee going to be employed?

  3. irishking says: May 31, 2013 7:20 PM

    Ohio State should get rid of Gee and do it…yesterday. He is a disgrace.

  4. barkleyblows says: May 31, 2013 7:51 PM

    Barry is an effin idiot. For a D Bag not coaching he sure is in the news alot.

  5. floridacock says: Jun 1, 2013 9:55 AM

    Since it is all about the money, not integrity, at Ohio State, Gee is going nowhere.

  6. noaxetogrind says: Jun 1, 2013 10:22 AM

    OhioState cannot be help accontable for what Gee said. They had no idea that he would do such a stupid thing. HOWEVER, what they can be held accountable for IS THEIR RESPONSE. If I was an alumn of OSU I would demand this clown be gone or I wouldn’t contribute another cent.

  7. pastabelly says: Jun 1, 2013 12:50 PM

    Gee would fit in well …. At Rutgers.

  8. Romulus says: Jun 1, 2013 2:51 PM

    … or the bush of college football


  9. ytownjoe says: Jun 1, 2013 2:53 PM

    Jim Tressel will make an excellent president of The Ohio State University.

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