We should just give up hope that Ohio State president Gordon Gee will ever learn tactfulness when discussing intercollegiate athletics.
In the minutes recorded from a December meeting of OSU’s Athletics Council, Gee had the following insults for Notre Dame, Catholics in general, Louisville and the Southeastern Conference:
- On past negotiations with Notre Dame officials regarding its potential Big Ten membership: “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on 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.”
- On past rumors of the Big Ten trying to add Louisville to the conference: “[The top goal of Big Ten presidents is to] make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won’t see us adding Louisville.”
- On SEC fans making fun of the Big Ten because it now has 14 members: “You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing.”
Gee has previously made jokes at the expense of TCU and the Little Sisters of the Poor and once infamously rebutted considerations of firing former football coach Jim Tressel after Tattoogate by saying, “No, are you kidding me? Let me just be very clear: I’m just hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” Gee later apologized for both.
Not only are the latest comments extremely outrageous and offensive for a university president to say, we’d like to point out that Gee’s head football coach, Urban Meyer, is a Catholic, Gee used to be the chancellor of an SEC school (Vanderbilt) and the Big Ten isn’t exactly the Ivy League.
Gee is reportedly undergoing a “remediation plan” over the comments and he told the AP, ”The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for. They were a poor attempt at humor and entirely inappropriate.”
Don’t expect that apology to be nearly enough this time.