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.