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Arkansas AD latest to respond to Gee’s ‘unfounded’ and ‘slanderous’ remarks

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Yeah, this could be considered beating a dead horse, but it’s an offseason weekend. Indulge us.

Then again, there are plenty of people unhappy with the comments made by Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee during a December Q&A. 

Either way, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has feelings about the fact that Gee said that Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez thought former head coach Bret Bielema — now with the Razorbacks — was a “thug.” Alvarez has already denied such feelings and apologies to Alvarez and Bielema have been issued.

“I write to apologize for my comments about you, as well as remarks I made that were entirely unfounded and speculative about your relationship with Barry Alvarez and the University of Wisconsin,” Gee said in a message to Bielema. “My comments were unfair, inaccurate, and wholly wrongheaded.

“To be sure, you have a remarkable record of accomplishment with student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom. I am deeply sorry for my comments and for any and all pain they have caused.”

Still, that hasn’t stopped Long from issuing a statement, which you can read below:

“As a member of the higher education community, a director of athletics and a native of Ohio, I am deeply troubled by the unfounded and slanderous remarks the President of the state’s flagship institution, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, made about Coach Bret Bielema,. While I recognize Dr. Gee has issued an apology stating regret for his comments, it does not erase the unwarranted attack on Bret’s character.

“It is widely known Coach Bielema placed an emphasis on academics, character development and community outreach while serving at the University of Wisconsin,” Long said. “His 2010 and 2011 football teams won the Wisconsin Athletic Department’s community service and Champs Life Skills awards.

“Bret also had 131 academic all-conference selections in seven seasons and his team’s APR figures climbed each year with a most recent multiyear rate of 975 and a final single year rate of 1000. In his time here, Bret has demonstrated the qualities we sought when we brought him to the University of Arkansas and has supported our football student-athletes as reflected in one of our highest spring GPAs.”

Gee has been informed by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees that one more gaffe could result in his dismissal.

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24 Responses to “Arkansas AD latest to respond to Gee’s ‘unfounded’ and ‘slanderous’ remarks”
  1. delashmit says: Jun 1, 2013 9:33 PM

    The clown E. Gordon Gee should be fired by Ohio State immediately with no further compensation. He has defamed Notre Dame, all SEC schools, Louisville and other individuals. A class action lawsuit should be initiated by the SEC. Not firing this clown immediately reflects very poorly on Ohio State.

  2. cwk22 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:16 PM

    Ohio state president talking trash? Wasn’t it his team that beat the Hogs with a QB who was to be suspended for four games the next season but instead tried to escape to the NFL?

  3. oldforester says: Jun 1, 2013 10:36 PM

    I too grew up in Ohio and have learned to dislike Ohio State’s demeanor and what they project as an institution, exemplified by Gordon Gee.
    Lets begin with the need for OSU to use the “THE” before Ohio State University. As if THE Ohio State University provides them with status. They don’t realize it projects arrogance. Just as Gee’s statements project arrogance. Ohio State seems to need attention and aggrandizement to feed an insecurity that only they can understand.
    My recommendation for Ohio State would be to drop the THE, boot out GEE, and start being prideful, but humble about a great university.

  4. watchfullhose says: Jun 1, 2013 10:57 PM

    “A class action lawsuit should be initiated by the SEC.”

    Baaaahahahahaaaa….ha….ha. Did you go to an SEC school too?

    I’m completely outraged at the outrage to the outrage to Gee’s comments from 6 months ago and taken without context (!).

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:58 PM

    He should have been fired when Tressel was “dismissed”.

  6. the1bell says: Jun 1, 2013 11:00 PM

    Ohio State fully recognizes “The” promotes arrogance, that’s why they do it.

    There’s two types of OSU students/alumni

    Type A: attended “OSU”, recognizes the school is a decent academic school and is really just Columbus’s pro football team.

    Type B: attended “THE Ohio State University”. Believes Ohio is superior to all other institutions, including the Ivy League and especially Michigan. Believes in the purity of Jim Tressel and thinks he was just a fall guy the media put in place.

  7. barkleyblows says: Jun 1, 2013 11:32 PM

    Get over it already

  8. jondaly70 says: Jun 1, 2013 11:37 PM

    oldforester, i’m sure you already know that when The Ohio State University was founded, oh, about 150 years ago, it was FOUNDED as THE Ohio State University.

    that’s the university’s official name. it ALWAYS has been. that’s the name that the state legislature sanctioned from the beginning of the university’s existence.

  9. jondaly70 says: Jun 1, 2013 11:39 PM

    Gee sometimes should just shut up, but he loves to talk and considers himself funny. (wrong.)

    at the same time, a class action lawsuit. I realize that we live in a litigious society and that in America everyone sues everyone for everything. that’s become a significant part of our culture.

    then again, it seems RIDICULOUS to threaten to sue someone for exercising his Constitutionally protected right to express himself and say dumb things.

  10. polegojim says: Jun 1, 2013 11:45 PM

    Hey… Drop the ‘THE’ and Boot out ‘GEE’… very clever tagline oldforester!

    I can see it on the bucknut picket signs now!

    Drop the ‘THE’ and Boot out ‘GEE’…
    Drop the ‘THE’ and Boot out ‘GEE’…
    Drop the ‘THE’ and Boot out ‘GEE’…

    You can’t make this stuff up… just too funny.

  11. The View from the Parking Lot says: Jun 2, 2013 12:33 AM

    This from the guy that hired the stalwart of character and integrity, Bobby Petrino. Gee is the dumbest smart person I’ve ever heard talk, but the noise coming from people like this guy is almost as sad.

  12. barnesaintnoble says: Jun 2, 2013 1:25 AM

    They can pretend they’ll fire him with one more slip up, but they won’t. This guy is a fantastic fundraiser and he is bringing in a LOT of money for Ohio State. He always draws a crowd at his events around the country, and this stupid “outrage” only guarantees larger crowds and more coverage of their next fundraising event.

    Sometimes you just have to let the idiot be an idiot and ignore him. I’m really starting to think that Gee is playing the media and purposely making these ridiculous remarks because he knows that he’s safe job wise and knows it only benefits him in the long run. So, maybe he’s not such an idiot after all?

  13. polegojim says: Jun 2, 2013 9:09 AM

    I wonder where these guys are in all this?


    Keep those Hoke fat jokes coming… Gee… I guess we can’t blame you for doing ‘the ostrich’ here.

  14. thraiderskin says: Jun 2, 2013 9:23 AM

    Wow… This “scandal” is out of hand… You people need to get a grip. I don’t like Gee, perhaps he does need to get fired so all the butthurt will go away, but I’m inclined to let THE university give him a short leash. He has made/ or will make his appologies, just move on and stop acting like this is really a big deal. For one, Bielema is a thug… ask student from Madison about their personal impression after meeting him. I’ve heard the man called a bully, for years, so thug seems close enough for me.
    Polegojim… why don’t you settle down and go feed your coach, I’m sure it is one of his 20 feeding times, besides, no school in the B1G is more snobby than the Wolverines, its always been that way… I doubt it will ever change.

  15. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 2, 2013 10:41 AM

    It is true that someone has the power to fire Gee. However, when he is gone another Archie Bunker will take his place.
    The best way to get rid of these types is to ignore them.

  16. barnesaintnoble says: Jun 2, 2013 1:49 PM

    Hoke might be chubby but in the time he’s been a head coach he’s shown he can build a program, recruit elite talent and build a great staff. If you can’t admit that, you are delusional.

    If Wolverines are snobs compared to Buckeyes, it’s because the Wolverines aren’t always in overalls, wife-beaters and camouflage.

  17. totallysirius says: Jun 2, 2013 2:11 PM

    Trash talk has been a part of sports since…..well, since sports began.

    SEC, cry me a river, like none of you have ever trash talked.

  18. polegojim says: Jun 2, 2013 3:39 PM


    Thank you for not disappointing me… and with such amazing originality!!!

    Keep that mind blank and open… I’ll tell you what to say again tomorrow…

    Brady and I are about to have lunch… the day is now complete.

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Jun 2, 2013 4:59 PM

    totallysirius wrote on: Jun 2, 2013 2:11 PM

    Trash talk has been a part of sports since…..well, since sports began.

    SEC, cry me a river, like none of you have ever trash talked.


    I agree. The SEC has had a magnificent run in dominating College Football the last 7
    years with 7 National Championships in a row. This run will pass as well when a
    non SEC team wins a National Championship in football and they will celebrate like they won a National Championship.

    Just enjoy college football now because these are the good old days.

  20. amosalanzostagg says: Jun 2, 2013 5:01 PM

    Totally off topic. Is Bret Bielema a dead ringer for
    Curly of the Three Stooges?

  21. thraiderskin says: Jun 2, 2013 11:40 PM


    My bad… I was under the impression you wanted me to mention his 20 feeding times. Geez, try to throw a guy a bone and he gets attitude. Perhaps I wouldn’t mention Hokes weight if he wasn’t the size of a small home, sort of seems like the obvious direction to go, especially with his gravitational force pulling everything that direction. Just maybe, that same force will pull some money into the community so it all doesn’t go completely backrupt… by all the geniuses of that state. Luckilly the over-all wearing, wife beating (?) hillbillies of Ohio haven’t figured out how to match ya’lls’ intelligence. Now have a good evening and make sure to lock up tight, I’d just hate to hear about one of the intelligentsia in the Ann Arbor/Detroit/Ippsy area violating your home.

  22. badintent says: Jun 3, 2013 2:58 AM

    Where men are men and wild hogs are nervous.
    Where Jenifer Flowers and Paula Jones are doing the nasty with a married man that lies about it.
    Where half the state is owned by the NYC Forbes family (the Ozarks) and the other half by Tyson Chicken.
    Where Everyone in the state is paying super high prices in gas, thanks to some guy that sold the state the gas, one Jerry Jones. aka Cowgirls owner

  23. foreverlsu says: Jun 3, 2013 11:14 AM

    Funny how E. Gordon Gee degrates the SEC academics when his daughter is a teacher at LSU. Rebekah Gee is an associate professor of Public Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU.

    What a moron her dad is.

    Funnier to see Ohio State fans defend this ass clown!

  24. corvusrex96 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    Create a minor league for football. Enough of this student athlete BS that these schools are trying to sell the public

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