(Image source: Wikimedia Commons / Michael Fernandes

 

 

BY SCOTT MALONE

 

 

The Big Ten’s bad week just got worse. First the past of Rutgers University’s new athletic director came to light. Now one of the conference’s founding fathers is also engaging in full damage control.

 

Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is apologizing after some of his comments at a December meeting with the school’s athletic council became public. Gee was asked why the Big Ten never invited Notre Dame to join the conference. His response?

 

“The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.” (Via The Wall Street Journal)

 

Whoa. That’s coming from the mouth of a publicly funded university president. The school’s response?

 

Ohio State’s board of trustees reportedly met with him “to discuss the ramifications of his statements and develop a plan that addresses these missteps.” Details of that plan haven’t been released. (Via The Columbus Dispatch

 

Gee stepped out and back on his own late Thursday, tweeting an apology:

 

“I am truly sorry for my comments — such attempts at humor do not reflect Ohio State values, nor my role as its president.”

 

Attempts at humor? ESPN’s Michael Wilbon wonders what Gee could possibly have been joking about.

 

“He thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room, every time he’s in the room. He sounds very often like the dumbest guy … I don’t know what he was talking about clumsily when he was taking shots at Catholics.”

 

If it only stopped with Catholics.  

 

Gee also boasted of the Big Ten that: “We have institutions of like-minded academic integrity … So you won’t see us adding Louisville.” And this nugget about the SEC: “You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing.” (Via NBC)

 

Did we mention Gee was once president at Vanderbilt — an SEC school? He’s built a résumé of laughs turning into gaffes.

 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes during the NCAA’s 2011 investigation into Ohio State’s football program and coach Jim Tressel, Gee insisted he’d never fire the coach. “Are you kidding me? Let me just be very clear. I’m hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” Tressel later resigned under pressure.

 

A year before that, Gee said schools like Boise State and TCU shouldn’t play for the BCS national championship over Big Ten or SEC schools because “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.” Little did he know the Little Sisters of the Poor is a religious order, and then he wrote them a check. (Via USA Today)

 

So how does Gee still have a job? A writer for Sports Illustrated calls Gee “a fundraising powerhouse who … helped raise more than $1.6 billion for the school in his first five years on the job.”

'Damn Catholics' and More of Gordon Gee's Greatest Hits

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May 31, 2013

'Damn Catholics' and More of Gordon Gee's Greatest Hits

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons / Michael Fernandes

 

 

BY SCOTT MALONE

 

 

The Big Ten’s bad week just got worse. First the past of Rutgers University’s new athletic director came to light. Now one of the conference’s founding fathers is also engaging in full damage control.

 

Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is apologizing after some of his comments at a December meeting with the school’s athletic council became public. Gee was asked why the Big Ten never invited Notre Dame to join the conference. His response?

 

“The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.” (Via The Wall Street Journal)

 

Whoa. That’s coming from the mouth of a publicly funded university president. The school’s response?

 

Ohio State’s board of trustees reportedly met with him “to discuss the ramifications of his statements and develop a plan that addresses these missteps.” Details of that plan haven’t been released. (Via The Columbus Dispatch

 

Gee stepped out and back on his own late Thursday, tweeting an apology:

 

“I am truly sorry for my comments — such attempts at humor do not reflect Ohio State values, nor my role as its president.”

 

Attempts at humor? ESPN’s Michael Wilbon wonders what Gee could possibly have been joking about.

 

“He thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room, every time he’s in the room. He sounds very often like the dumbest guy … I don’t know what he was talking about clumsily when he was taking shots at Catholics.”

 

If it only stopped with Catholics.  

 

Gee also boasted of the Big Ten that: “We have institutions of like-minded academic integrity … So you won’t see us adding Louisville.” And this nugget about the SEC: “You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing.” (Via NBC)

 

Did we mention Gee was once president at Vanderbilt — an SEC school? He’s built a résumé of laughs turning into gaffes.

 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes during the NCAA’s 2011 investigation into Ohio State’s football program and coach Jim Tressel, Gee insisted he’d never fire the coach. “Are you kidding me? Let me just be very clear. I’m hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” Tressel later resigned under pressure.

 

A year before that, Gee said schools like Boise State and TCU shouldn’t play for the BCS national championship over Big Ten or SEC schools because “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.” Little did he know the Little Sisters of the Poor is a religious order, and then he wrote them a check. (Via USA Today)

 

So how does Gee still have a job? A writer for Sports Illustrated calls Gee “a fundraising powerhouse who … helped raise more than $1.6 billion for the school in his first five years on the job.”

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