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Letter from Ohio State’s BOT: one more mistake and Gee could lose his job

E. Gordon Gee AP

Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee‘s comments that have caused an offseason stir can be heard in their entirety HERE.

Ohio State’s Board of Trustees never want to hear anything like them again, though.

In a letter obtained by the Columbus Dispatch, two trustees on behalf of the board informed Gee that one more gaffe like the one in December and he could lose his job. The letter was signed on March 11.

Though the letter praises Gee as a president, it states “… on occasion your words that may be intended to bring a bit of levity to some significant issue have, in fact, had the opposite effect.”

“Although none of us expects this to be the case, should future instances take place, they could constitute cause for even more punitive action, including dismissal, and the board will have no choice but to take such action,” the letter reads.

Gee has already issued an apology for his remarks and is currently on a “remediation plan” outlined by the trustees. That plan reportedly mandates that Gee hire a coach to work on his “global presence and voice,” and to consult professionals to revisit his speeches for evaluation.

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26 Responses to “Letter from Ohio State’s BOT: one more mistake and Gee could lose his job”
  1. colts419 says: May 31, 2013 4:02 PM

    Reminds me of an angry mother making empty threats lol. I’m a buckeye, and I don’t care all that much about college ball anymore because this type of stuff. Free farm league for the nfl is all NCAA is anymore. Ridiculous.

  2. cometkazie says: May 31, 2013 4:14 PM

    Well worded. It means the board will do what it wants to do.

  3. apmn says: May 31, 2013 4:18 PM

    That guy is a treasure trove of goofy pictures.

  4. polegojim says: May 31, 2013 4:28 PM

    OMG… please… BOT reminds me of the University of Colorado group… that killed the program for a decade.

    The Catholic Church deserves every bit of criticism it has EARNED, and Gee was having fun.

    and I’m a MICHIGAN man…

    You GO GEE.

  5. thraiderskin says: May 31, 2013 4:32 PM

    He should be on very thin ice… no more stupidity.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: May 31, 2013 4:55 PM

    While I don’t think his comments warranted the extreme backlash they are getting, they have obviously brought a lot of negative attention to OSU and that’s not good.

    Not fireable but, “hey dummy, shut up!” worthy.

  7. gemcityfan says: May 31, 2013 4:57 PM

    I live in Ohio and pay taxes here, also I am catholic and deeply offended by his comments. He should be fired! This is not the first time he has made offensive comments. If he said this about any other ethnic group he would have already been cleaning out his office but since he is a big fund raiser money talks .

  8. delashmit says: May 31, 2013 5:04 PM

    He should have been fired immedia

  9. thefiesty1 says: May 31, 2013 5:06 PM

    Why one more “mistake”? He’s already had three strikes – he’s OUT!

  10. mancave001 says: May 31, 2013 5:31 PM

    Speech police, engage. I’d tell them to shove the job. No one has any sense of humor. They might as well just fire him because this letter has cut him off at the legs anyway.

    –A Penn State fan

  11. northstarnic says: May 31, 2013 6:00 PM

    Given the humor of his comments and that outfit he’s wearing I assume Ohio state has fully committed to being the nation’s finest clown college.

  12. billobrienschindimple says: May 31, 2013 6:02 PM


    Catholic is not an ethnic group.

  13. pgilbert15303 says: May 31, 2013 6:14 PM

    Gee, Gee, it looks like you’re flipping us all the bird. You really are a salty old dog.

  14. tampabayirish says: May 31, 2013 7:01 PM

    Why wait for another mistake? He should be gone already. His anti-Catholic quip wasn’t the first time he said something stupid.

  15. barkleyblows says: May 31, 2013 7:53 PM

    Just get rid of him already. Time to bring in new blood.

  16. vincentbojackson says: May 31, 2013 9:24 PM

    Sounds like the Board of Trustees subscribe to the six strikes and your out philosophy.

    Seriously, Gee has been putting his foot in his mouth on a regular basis for the better part of the last decade.

  17. tuscaloosaguy says: May 31, 2013 9:47 PM

    He should be fired immediately.

  18. 10of14 says: May 31, 2013 9:54 PM

    Polegojim, i will assume you are not referring to the despicable pedophile Priests? Because if you are, I might advise you that you and your friend Gee do some investigating of High School and Middle School educators; better known as teachers of our children. There have been twice as many sexual assaults or rape by educators on our young in the past three years, than those committed by CATHOLIC Priests. So, if that was not your issue with the Catholic faith, what then is the cause for your strong comment? Gee, like you and I have freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean he escape the non-criminal consequences of his immature, cold, callous and religious bigotry he exhibited.

  19. 11thstreetmafia says: Jun 1, 2013 7:39 AM

    Well, he definitely represents OSU just fine.

  20. silverdeer says: Jun 1, 2013 9:23 AM

    @100f14, Did you read the same comment I did from Jim? I think that if you re-read it, you will see that Jim is stating that Gee’s comments regarding Catholics were EARNED as a result of their action and that he felt that the comments were accurate.

  21. tcwestdad says: Jun 1, 2013 9:39 AM

    It’s o$u for god’s sake. Does anyone expect less! I think they will leave the decision of Gee’s employment up to Urban Liar.

  22. noaxetogrind says: Jun 1, 2013 11:54 AM

    @polegojim & silverdeer, showing your true bigotted colors. I am not Catholic by a long shot but I am a supporter of common decency and respect. If the word Catholic in Gees commnets was replaced with Muslim or Gay, he would be out of a job right now, as he should be I might add. An incredibly small % of “Catholics” committed atrocites that the vast majority of Catholics were apalled by yet you you find no problem with Gees comments because the Catholic church “has earned” the criticism. Painting with a broad brush arent we? Using your logic, which fortunately most fair minded people don’t, Michigan is forever tainted as an outlaw & renegade program because of the gross misconduct of boosters regarding the Fab Five and the clear pattern of infractions under Rich Rod. Michigan, like the Catholic Church only seemed to respond when the said events were brought to light by others. The few should not tarnish the reputation of the many. Punish the few, institute measures to prevent reoccurence and move on. I am not a “Michigan Man” but have immense respect for both the school and program. I have many friends who are Michigan Men and you sir are no Michigan Man with your bigotry.

  23. steeler1nation says: Jun 1, 2013 6:47 PM

    Since when is speaking your mind a “mistake”.
    Good God people, enough with wussification of political correctness!
    I am Catholic…I am not offended by what he said, which, by the way, were….
    Take them in the context of what they were — jokes made last December. WHO CARES!
    They weren’t even offensive.
    Enough with the PC!

  24. dkhhuey says: Jun 1, 2013 9:43 PM

    The catholic church is a mess and deserves, and has earned, all of the jokes at their expense. Having said that, Gordon, stop with the attempts at humor and leave it to the comedians and late night show hosts.

  25. tendigitpoet says: Jun 1, 2013 10:18 PM

    Lifelong Bucks fan here.

    I wanted him gone a long time ago. Prolific fund-raiser or not, his mouth and lack of basic intellectual forethought make him much more trouble than he is worth.

    Dr. Gee is a D.U.M.B.A.S.S.:


  26. jrs45 says: Jun 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    What more can you say after what steeler1 just said. Well said!


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