Ohio State Football: Buckeyes President E. Gordon Gee in more hot water

Ohio State's E. Gordon Gee under scrutiny once again

5/31/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee is under fire once again, this time for controversial comments made against both Notre Dame and the Southeastern Conference.Blog Photo - Ohio State Football: Buckeyes President E. Gordon Gee in more hot water

The Associated Press found recordings of Gee making crude remarks during a December meeting of Ohio State's athletic council that weren't taken lightly—and they won't be forgiven by the respective fan bases anytime soon.

"The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they're holy hell on the rest of the week," Gee, a Mormon, said when talking about the longtime courtship between the Big Ten and Notre Dame. "You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that."

To make matters worse, he then proceeded to take another personal jab at what has been considered the strongest conference in college football, along with Louisville.

In more talk about the Big Ten and future expansion, Gee was asked of his thoughts and what the conference was looking for. He replied with to "make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won't see us adding Louisville." 
 
And finally, after being asked what his reponse would be to SEC fans who say the 14-team Big Ten can't count, Gee responded with "you tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing."

Gee has apologized for his comments, but it's an obvious reaction to the release of the recordings—this seems like an instance where the perpetrator is sorry for being caught, not for his actions.

"The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for," he said. "They were a poor attempt at humor and entirely inappropriate."

Whether it was poor humor or not, his remarks were hurtful and completely unnecessary, especially coming from someone with such influence on a great university and the game's landscape.

Besides, this isn't the first time he's made a controversial statement—and it's probably not the last, either, depending on the remaining longevity of his tenure as president.

In 2010, Gee made a comment about Ohio State not scheduling the "Little Sisters of the Poor" (Texas Christian), which he later apologized to the actual Little Sisters of the Poor in northwest Ohio about afterward.

Gee was asked in March 2011 whether he had considered firing then-head coach Jim Tressel for the ongoing NCAA investigations and "Tattogate" scandal. He responded: "No, are you kidding? Let me just be very clear: I'm just hopeful the coach doesn't dismiss me." Tressel stepped down a few months later.

Last year, Gee apologized for comparing the problem of coordinating the school's many divisions to the Polish army, a comment that a Polish-American group called bigoted and ignorant.

If he were a president for 99.4 percent of any other college or university other than Ohio State, Gee would have been filing for unemployment the day the recordings were released. But he's not, and he isn't.

Gee is too powerful to fall, and that's the truth. Comments like these look bad on the university, but they're nowhere close enough to throw him out on the streets. Why, you ask?

One pretty substantial factor: money.

Gee is currently leading a $2.5 billion fundraising campaign, according to ESPN.com. So he can say whatever he wants as long as Ohio State's fundraising income isn't affected.

And according to his track record, it's a safe bet that we haven't heard the last of Gee's high-handedness.


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5/31/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

This may impact that fund raising...not everyone can be an atheist and have access to 2.5 billion....time for him to go anyways... they'll finish this fund raising and he will retire...