For the sake of Ohioans everywhere, Ohio State president Gordon Gee needs to seriously shut the f*ck up. He’s become the embarrassing drunk uncle at the Big Ten family picnic.
The AP reports that Gee threw shade at Notre Dame, Catholics, the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky and the SEC at a meeting with OSU’s Athletic Council in December. So since Gee again decided to attempt humor in public, let’s briefly take a look at some of the most egregious remarks.
On Notre Dame’s being invited to join the Big Ten during Gee’s first stint as OSU president from 1990-1997:
1. “‘The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week,’ Gee said.”
2. “‘You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that,’ said Gee, a Mormon.”
3. “‘Notre Dame wanted to have its cake and eat it, too,’ Gee said.”
On why the Big Ten would never add Kentucky’s two largest state schools:
During his comments to the Athletic Council, Gee also questioned the academic integrity of schools in the Southeastern Conference, and the University of Louisville.
The top goal of Big Ten presidents is to “make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity,” Gee said. “So you won’t see us adding Louisville,” a member of the Big East conference that is also joining the ACC.
After a pause followed by laughter from the audience, Gee added that the Big Ten wouldn’t add the University of Kentucky, either.
On the Southeastern Conference’s supposedly questionable academic reputation:
“You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing,” Gee said, when asked by a questioner how to respond to SEC fans who say the Big Ten can’t count because it now has 14 members.
This isn’t Gee’s first instance of jackassery. College football fans will probably remember when he said that Big Ten teams didn’t play “the Little Sisters of the Poor” like mid-majors (*snickers*) and mentioned that his former football coach effectively had more power than him (which is probably true).
The AP also notes that the university became aware of Gee’s remarks in January and has outlined a “remediation” plan for the president. Gee has since apologized.