Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee took a break from frittering away public resources to speak before Ohio State’s Athletics Council. As always, his comments were notable. Gee, apparently honing his stand-up act, let barbs fly at Notre Dame Catholics and some academic institutions south of the river.
Gee had trouble trusting Catholics at Notre Dame.
“The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week,” Gee said to laughter at the Dec. 5 meeting attended by Athletic Director Gene Smith and several other athletic department members, along with professors and students.
“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.
Gee is not sure the SEC has mastered fancy book learnin’.
“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.
Gee does not respect the academic rigor at either of the major academic institutions in the great state of Kentucky.
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.
Ohio State told AP Gee is undergoing a “remediation plan” related to the comments. We’re guessing the hand-written notes to his colleagues will be accompanied by bow-tie cookies. No word on whether Urban Meyer will reconsider Gee’s tenure at the university.