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SI gets complete recording of E. Gordon Gee’s controversial remarks

E. Gordon Gee

Yesterday, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee landed in hot water again for remarks he made last December during a meeting with Ohio State’s Athletic Council. The Associated Press printed quotes from Gee that included jabs at Notre Dame, Louisville and the SEC, all of which resulted in Ohio State and the Big Ten going into full-on PR mode.

Well, the story isn’t going away. Sports Illustrated was able to obtain an audio copy of the complete recording of Gee’s remarks. Some comments are insights into Big Ten and ACC expansion, as well as thoughts on the NCAA. There is, however, a moment where Gee mentions that Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez thought former Badgers coach Bret Bielema was a “thug.”

You can listen to the entire audio below via SoundCloud. Outside of the “damn Catholics” comment, which can understandably be offensive to some, Gee’s answers are mostly unfiltered. For better or worse.

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16 Responses to “SI gets complete recording of E. Gordon Gee’s controversial remarks”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: May 31, 2013 3:12 PM

    Can’t believe this is still a story. Ohio college should have got rid of this bozo yesterday when this blewup. Do the right thing now Ohio college and send Gee packing!

  2. thraiderskin says: May 31, 2013 3:23 PM

    I’m typing while I listen, so pardon the grammatical issues… When I read the two previous stories about what Gee said, I pictured a drunken outburst. With that picture in mind, I was furious with this guy and wanted him immediately fired. Having heard his tone and reminded how “nerdy” Gee sounds, I don’t think his comments are as bad as I previously imagined. Should he have fired a shot at Louisville? hell no, I think that is a fine school and a, more than, respectable athletic program. Did his comments about the SEC go a little far? yes, but not “completely” off base. At no time while he was talking about the SEC did he say they were lesser competition. He said that certain programs are treated differently by the rest of the conference, but not to the extent as Texas and the Big 12. His Catholic comments sounds more like an attempt at being funny, but I do think he doesn’t trust what ND was spinning at the time they were courting the school.
    Gee needs to appologize to Louisville and Notre Dame, publicly and privately, because those comments were said as the representative of Ohio State and they went to far.

  3. thraiderskin says: May 31, 2013 3:24 PM

    @elwaysmilehighdenver… you’re a scrub.

  4. overratedgators says: May 31, 2013 3:35 PM

    Denver: Who is “Ohio college”?

  5. seamus0317 says: May 31, 2013 3:48 PM

    Fr. Joyce had more class in his little finger than this nerd has in his entire career! He definitely got beat up as a kid!

  6. vincentbojackson says: May 31, 2013 3:49 PM

    Gee needs to decide whether he’s a university president or a comedian. Save the bad jokes for open mic night.

    Or better yet, don’t try to be funny if your not.

  7. barnesaintnoble says: May 31, 2013 3:50 PM

    Gee is just an old guy who doesn’t think before he speaks. I feel like the older you get, the more your age can become a reasonable excuse. Also, it seems like he’s been a damn good president at some pretty legitimate institutions (Brown, Vanderbilt, Colorado and West Virginia@ age 37!!).

    The real bad guys in all sports are the Commissioners and the governing bodies(NCAA). Don’t ever forget that.

  8. beedubyatoo says: May 31, 2013 3:54 PM

    After his comments about Alvarez and Bielema, I’m sure the other B1G AD’s and Presidents will want to confide in him.

  9. gatorprof says: May 31, 2013 3:55 PM

    Sorry, this is not conduct becoming of a leader of a billion-dollar organization, period. Such conduct usually results in being shown the door.

    He comes off as a petty little man. While a great fund-raiser, he is still stained by the embarrassment that was the Vest and tattoo gate.

    He can mock the SEC all that he wants to, but when was the last time that Ohio State beat the SEC in any meaningful game? Looking at the data, it is easy why he feels the need to take petty verbal shots given the abject failures come game time.

    They are 0-9 in bowls now that the Arkansas game is vacated. Perhaps more impressive is that they have lost to 7 different SEC teams during that run! That is just in football.

    They are just as bad in basketball vs the SEC.

    Here is a nice summary to remind Gee of “who’s your daddy”.

  10. 10of14 says: May 31, 2013 4:30 PM

    Simply put, this is not about sports, rather religious bigotry and not defendable. If he had made the same remarks and changed the word Catholic to “Black’s” he would no longer be a part of OSU. His reference to Louisville and the SEC is even more absurd, considering his own QB can not for the life of him, put together a complete sentence in any interview I have seen or heard. What an idiot and bigot.

  11. maninmo says: May 31, 2013 6:13 PM

    I guess nobody can have opinions anymore. There HIS opinions. You may not agree with them but he has the right to express them. It’s called 1 st Amendment!

  12. apmn says: May 31, 2013 6:35 PM

    The 1st Amendment just gives him the right of expression without gov’t interference. It doesn’t shield him from the consequences of running his mouth off.

  13. cometkazie says: May 31, 2013 6:54 PM

    Imagine being held responsible for what you say in front of people?

  14. barkleyblows says: May 31, 2013 7:55 PM

    Must be a slow news day again.

  15. ncosgrov says: Jun 2, 2013 2:41 PM

    ” Outside of the “damn Catholics” comment, which can understandably be offensive to some…..”

    “Offensive to some”??? Wow, talk about adding insult to injury. Why wouldn’t everyone be offended when the President of a major educational institution comes out with such bigoted remarks. Hard to believe given that he has a law degree from Columbia that President Gee doesn’t appreciate the meaning of what he said.

    Would NBC put “which can understandably be offensive to some…..” if the comment were about Muslims or people of the Jewish faith? Its almost a tacit admission that apparently it is permissible to insult Catholics. More to the point if President Gee made the same remark about either of those two groups would he still have his job?

  16. albanyjints says: Jun 5, 2013 11:33 PM

    This clown should have been fired by now. Shame on Ohio State. Really sick of the bashing of Catholics that’s tolerated by our Society.

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