E. Gordon Gee: Barry Alvarez Thought Bret Bielema Was "a Thug"

Bret Bielema toplessOhio State President E. Gordon Gee’s notable comments made the rounds yesterday. Sports Illustrated obtained the full audio recording which unearthed a few more gems. The most interesting, perhaps, is his assertion that Barry Alvarez thought his former coach Bret Bielema was “a thug.”

“Someone was saying to me, well, you know, Bret Bielema leaving … that was a blessing for Wisconsin and they knew it. Because he was under tremendous pressure. They didn’t like him. Barry Alvarez thought he was a thug. And he left just ahead of the sheriff.”

Collect seven-figure salary and lavish perks. Don’t say stupid things in public. It’s not that hard.

Bielema is not an actual Thug, of course. The demands of SEC coaching dramatically constrain the time one can spend worshipping Kali and attacking travelers on the Indian subcontinent.

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