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June 12, 2013

LAMMERS: Gee owes more apologies

Recently, news blew up of yet another high-profile official caught on tape making insensitive remarks, ultimately leading to his ouster.

The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee announced his retirement, effective July 1, following the publication of derogatory comments directed toward Catholics, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

The Associated Press published the comments Gee made during a speech at a Dec. 5 Ohio State Athletic Council meeting. Among the things Gee said to the crowd included a response to a question from a man in the audience about the SEC mocking the Big Ten because it can’t count  — a conference that includes 14 teams with its recent additions. 

“Well, you tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing,” Gee said in response. Gee was a former chancellor at Vanderbilt University, an SEC school, from 2001-2007.

Gee also took aim at two Kentucky schools when discussing the addition of schools to the Big Ten conference.

“Presidents of institutions are very clear that their number one criterion is to make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won’t see us adding Louisville ... or the University of Kentucky,” he said during his remarks.

But the most thoughtless “jokes” came when Gee talked about Notre Dame, a university that had been a school the Big 10 had attempted to coerce into joining the conference for years.

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

No, Gee, you can’t.

Unfortunately, foot-in-mouth disease is an ailment Gee has suffered from before. It’s not even the first time he made insensitive remarks in reference to Catholics. In discussing football scheduling in 2010, Gee said Ohio State isn’t scheduling “the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

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