Gordon Gee, Still Making Jokes, Still Apologizing for Jokes

May 30, 2013 at 12:59p    by Jason Priestas    
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Gordon Gee has jokes, everybody!
Photo: Navin75 [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Ohio State University president Gordon Gee, always quick with the joke and often just as quick with an apology for said joke, is back at it. The AP, via a public records request, obtained audio of Gee at the school's Athletics Council meeting jabbing Catholics, the SEC and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

On the courting of Notre Dame (audio):

"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.

When asked about SEC fans who say the Big Ten can't count because it has 14 members:

"You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing," Gee said.

That's going to go over well.

Gee apologized in a statement released to the AP:

"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."

Ohio State followed-up by placing Gee on a "remediation plan."

A statement released by Robert Schottenstein, chairman of Ohio State's board of trustees, said the board had met with Gee at length to "develop a plan that addresses these missteps."

"For the leader of a renowned university, inappropriate comments about particular groups, classes of people or individuals are wholly unacceptable and are not in line with what we aspire to be as an institution of higher education," Schottenstein said.

It was the Jim Delany's turn next, with the conference repudiating Gee's comments.

"The remarks made by Ohio State University president Gordon Gee were inappropriate and in no way represent the opinions of the conference," said Big Ten Commissioner James Delany. "We have great respect for the University of Notre Dame and the SEC, and we are proud of the rich, competitive history we share with each."

Delany also communicated his regrets to Notre Dame and the SEC.

Got it all? Good. We love you, Gordon. You do many, many great things for Ohio State, not the least of which is your work with Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and your tireless efforts on the university fundraising trail. But, please consider dialing back the jokes – particularly the jokes about religion – a little bit.

Regardless of whether you think this stuff should be a story or not, it will be a story. Every time. That's just where we are in the world of Twitter, 10-minute news cycles and all of these kids on our lawn.


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spqr2008's picture

On the SEC thing, he should know, he was at their best academic institution before he came to OSU, so I'll give him a pass on that.
Also, this was in the SI article on his remarks:
 
"No one admires Jim Delaney more than I do -- I chaired the committee that brought him here," Gee said. "Jim is very aggressive, and we need to make certain he keeps his hands out of our pockets while we support him."

 
Fantastic!

 

OSUStu's picture

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

741's picture

Mr. Bunk is the shiznit.

jeremytwoface's picture

Ahh Gee...
 
 
Gotta love him.
Unless you hate him. 

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

BTwrestle04's picture

Go home Gee, you're drunk.

jeremytwoface's picture

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

millertime2011's picture

Sometimes I hate Gee, other times I love him. This is a time I actually love him. Any trolling on the SEC is fine by me. It would be one thing if he wasn't a good president, but he's actually been amazing for the university so I'll give him about as many passes as he wants (on petty stuff like this).

AndyVance's picture

Bingo. He's amazing at the important things, so the fact that he's a confirmed case of one-liners gone wrong is largely irrelevant to me as an alum and supporter.

WC Buckeye's picture

I totally agree with you. I heard from several people when he first arrived on campus many years ago that we were getting a real keeper and someone who would benefit the university tremendously, and boy, were they right.
On the other hand, one fears that eventually he will say something <just> the wrong way so that it can't be retracted or as easily brushed off, and the BOT will have no choice but to let him go. Someone should just put a shock collar on him and juice him up when he starts to stray from the script.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

AndyVance's picture

As a kid who grew up in a staunch Catholic household, I thought his remarks were pretty darn funny. Then again, I'm a fan of President Gee, so maybe I'm susceptible to his "inappropriate humor."

brandonbauer87's picture

This stuff is all said in private and is meant to stay that way. I don't have a problem with it. No way would I want our customers to hear our meetings at work. 

AndyVance's picture

I think this is a good point. There are times when public records ("sunshine laws") have aggravating unintended consequences. Twenty years ago this story would have barely been a ripple, but every story is magnified 100X with the influence of social media distribution.

RedStorm45's picture

A frat kegger and an on-the-record meeting are two different things.

OSUinFl's picture

That why when you have a meeting to make sure nobody recording  the event and leave cell phones at door.  I would ask the people attending is anybody  recording this meeting.That how these people get in so much trouble.  Someone  at Ohio state needs to write a speech for gee so  doesn't do a slip up.  If people at fundraisers leaks quotes to public anything  can happen.

WC Buckeye's picture

I don't think that there are any "off-the-record" meetings at that level unless they are individual meetings between the president and a board member off site. Anything that is discussed on university time, as it is a public institution funded by taxpayer money, is a matter of record.
Maybe I am wrong, and I would love to know for sure, but I don't think so. Anyone?

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

The University President's #1 job is fundraising.  Using one liners at functions to get people in your camp to like you and get a little fired up is just being smart.  Plus, as stated above, he's a really good President.  He sees OSU as the center of Ohio's overall economic wellbeing and approaches his job with that strategic objective in mind, which is brilliant in my opinion. 

RedStorm45's picture

Sorry, but OSU is not Ohio's center of overall economic wellbeing.  Maybe in the past, yes.  But it's in a metro area of 2 million + and in a state of 11 million people.  I think the 28 Fortune 500 companies in the state, including 6 in Columbus, mean more to the economic wellbeing of Ohio than Ohio State.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

You make a fair point, but this is the article I was thinking of when I wrote my comment.  It probably says what I'm thinking better than I do:
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1937938_1937934_1937914,00.html
 
 

chicagobuckeye's picture

Not supporting the previous poster, but I would argue that not only the jobs provided by the school, but the education that provides employees to those fortune 500 companies might be important to the economic well-being as well.  Not saying that one of those companies may not be just as important, but it is also important to note the other services the school provides.

CowCat's picture

The previous poster is correct in saying OSU is at the center of the Ohio economy.  He/she didn't say it was the "engine" of the economy.
Put it this way, there wouldn't be 28 Fortune 500 companies in Ohio and 6 in Columbus if OSU wasn't the great big school it is, turning out an ample supply of educated workers every year :)
The partnership between OSU, the state and industry is deep-rooted.   Companies are attracted to states with talented workforces and good infrastructure to support their industries, e.g. Silicon Valley, Austin, Seattle, etc.  
 

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Dr. House's picture

pete and pete nice

William's picture

I'm not always Gee's biggest fan, mainly because he doesn't give a shit about the inflated costs of tuition (but really does any university president?), or that he has done nothing to improve campus security. This however was damn funny, good on Gee. 

Savage45's picture

He put the blue lights in back in the 90"s, didn't he?

BrewstersMillions's picture

This whole Ohio State vs. the SEC thing is sort of cool. For you wrasslin' fans out there, it has a Sting vs. The N.W.O. circa late 90's vibe to it.
There have been more than a few shots fired across the bow. Whether its this, Coombs asking his guys if they worked harder than Alabama, Bell talking about beating Alabama at his accouncement conference, Shazier growing tired of hearing about the SEC, etc. Sure the barbs are mostly aimed at Alabama, but I think since the SEC can live vicariously through Bama's accomplishments, we can attack the SEC vicariously through Bama.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

Gametime's picture

I upvoted this solely because of the Sting vs. NWO reference - even though the point was well made also. I guess we could say Urban's arrival at OSU going perfect in the first season is akin to when Goldberg first showed up!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

And if this is so, then Alabama must be Hulk Hogan.  Funny thing is, Hulk Hogan has NEVER beaten Sting...or Goldberg for that matter.  I smell a big SPEAR.

Class of 2010.

OSUinFl's picture

Sec are bunch of fat hicks who are on meth.

9Route's picture

Gordon Gee for president of the USA!
I would vote for him. Love straight-shooters!

I'm just happy to be here

+1 HS
9Route's picture

p.s. judging from the hair and clothing in this picture, it looks very circa 1993-1995 ish

I'm just happy to be here

+1 HS
NoVA Buckeye's picture

I give Gee a pass because the University wouldn't be quite the same without him.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Kinda funny, kinda not (I am Catholic,not offended though) but Gee apparently hasn't figured out as a public figure, you can't say these things without it getting posted everywhere.
*By no means am I judging, I am sure I say a lot of offense things daily. I am also not a public figure.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

OSUs12-OH's picture

To Gordon Gee:
Stop please man STOP!  Be OSU's president and stay out of the media.  You do OSU no good by continually staying stupid shit.  I loved it when I saw him in the press boxes at the shoe and I yelled, "Hey Gee!  How'd that little sisters of the poor go statement go?" Considering Wiscy got beat by TCU.  I'd say stick with educational matters, sports and Gee don't mix;-)

Yeah...I know how smart he is supposed to be so please don't defend him.  He should stop talking about other schools football or other sports programs.  For as intelligent as he is supposed to be, boy oh boy he sure sounds like an idiot.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Idaho Helga's picture

This story is on my local radio here, its in the paper in Idaho and it's embarrassing.  I agree with you.  Both the catholic comment and the crack on the SEC were terrible.   What if Meyer or Matta would have made those comments?   Would we think that was funny then? 
Gee represents our University and he just cannot seem to keep his foot out of his pie hole.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

What if Meyer or Matta would have made those comments?   Would we think that was funny then? 

Yes.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

JozyMozy's picture

He's drinking a Dr. Pepper. Fake-ass mormon. Fake as hell

Oyster's picture

Who cares.  Political Correctness is way out of hand, and getting worse.

ATT2121's picture

This x 1000000000000000

 
 

"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens
 

Nkohl13's picture

Exactly! I am not offended by the statements at all. I am extremely offended by the apology. There is no need to apologize for this. Stop being sensitive little pussies and grow up. The man made a little joke, lighten up. 

TheBadOwl's picture

A lot of political correctness is alright in my book -- things pertaining to race, things like "happy holidays" in public schools that acknowledge differences in beliefs and celebrates those without endorsing any particular set of beliefs, etc.
This is not political correctness, it's the media taking a comment out of context, inferring meaning from a partial quote, and running with it as their title to get pageviews and ad revenue. Look at ESPN's headline -- "Gee takes shot at Notre Dame, Catholics"
This was absolutely not a shot at Catholics, it was a shot at Notre Dame's athletic department for the failed negotiations with the Big Ten. In no way was he taking a shot at the religion or anyone who holds those beliefs. He was joking that, for a religious institution headed by priests, they don't always act humbly, and that they were holding out for more money -- something that inherently contradicts Catholic doctrine. But it was not meant to be taken seriously.
He used a tongue-in-cheek joke to poke fun at an institution, and people who very loosely associate with that institution got offended. That's the ridiculous part, not political correctness.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

WC Buckeye's picture

+1

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Denny's picture

Rorschach tests and confirmation bias are strong with all situations involving EGG.

Taquitos.

bodast67's picture

I heard Dr. Pepper is ok for Mormons to drink.
No JK...i just made that up.

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

Earle's picture

Imagine all of your comments being subject to the approval or disapproval of the masses.  Sounds like a recipe for ill-advised attempts at humor...

Just say no to italics abuse.

jeremytwoface's picture

True.
But at the same time, you need to know your audience. He needs to realize that everything he says will be picked apart because of how high profile his position is.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

German Buckeye's picture

If I were paid a bazzilion dollars to do my job, which has a propensity to reveal comments and/or be open to regular media feeding frenzy, then I'd probably be a bit more circumspect about what comes out of my mouth.  I'd probably like to continue to receive said bazzilion dollars and continue my standard of living.  But I don't make that kind of cash, don't regularly have media in my face and will continue to speak my mind.  That is all. 

9Route's picture

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9325510/gordon-gee-ohio-s...
 
didn't take long for BSpn to pick up on it
he was making tongue-in-remarks
I too am sick of the PC

I'm just happy to be here

Jason Priestas's picture

"Tongue-in-remarks"... sounds naughty.

Earle's picture

Don't let the bow tie fool you.

Just say no to italics abuse.

jedkat's picture

nothing like some good ol' slap-dick comedy

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over"

~ Joey Bosa

kmp10's picture

Agree in totality with people being too sensitive... PC as you say. If this was the first time Gee had stuck his foot in his enormous mouth I would've dismissed this entire story as people being too touchy, as is often the case in this country today. However, this isn't Gee's first verbal faux pas, and his arrogance is dumbfounding to me. He cannot seem to wrap his brain around the fact that he is the President of one of the largest universities in the world, and that any comment that's even remotely construed as controversial will go viral before the words are out of his giant mouth. Now, he's either too stupid to connect those dots, which I refuse to believe, or he's too arrogant to care. I'm going with too arrogant... and IMO that's worse than too stupid.  

ohst8buxCP's picture

This is exactly why I love Gee.

BuckeyeSki's picture

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rdubs's picture

Look this was a closed meeting so it isn't like he came out and said this at a national press conference the way he did with some other remarks.  I realized nothing is closed now so I guess you always have to be on your guard.  But the only people outraged by this are people who don't know him.  
He had a great line prior to the Gator Bowl about how he knew he was in Florida because there was more gator skin on the beach than in the swamp.  Dude says off-color things all the time, it's who he is for better or worse so I won't defend him anymore because it just doesn't matter that much because he is literally never serious when he says these things.

Hogan1's picture

 Mr. Gee, sick of wasting time apologizing for your humor just start all your jokes with "All due respect" then you can say whatever you want.

chitown buckeye's picture

Yep, it's in the Geneva Convention. Look it up.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

FROMTHE18's picture

dont have a problem with his comments on the SEC...sure he approaches or crosses the line entirely, but im good with Gee.

jeremytwoface's picture

Uh oh... He's on the front page of Yahoo now...

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Aesculus.'s picture

It would be funny if he was your friend or the president of a frat house that makes these jokes.  But come on!  Ohio State deserves better than Gee.

11/8/2014 @Michigan State aka Payback

FROMTHE18's picture

you clearly do not understand the travesty that was Karen Holbrook...Gee has made student life at OSU what it is and he understands how OSU students are and what the community of Columbus is...also, dude was ranked as the top university president in the nation by Time Magazine a few years ago...he is reaching the 'I am too old to care" age and so his filter, or lack there of, is very thin

Aesculus.'s picture

Well judging from your avatar you clearly don't have a problem with public displays of vulgarity.  So it doesn't surprise me that you back Gee on his rudeness.  I graduated in 97' when Gee was doing his first term.  Perhaps in 10 years, you may want our president to speak without apology.  To reflect upon the university more, than say.......an asshole?

11/8/2014 @Michigan State aka Payback

Denny's picture

Vulgarity lol

Taquitos.

97Buckeye's picture

I also graduated in '97... the rain-out spring commencement.
I 100% approve of President Gee - even his little one-liners. This politically correct crap is ruining the country.  He made a couple of jokes to audiences he knew would find them funny. SO WHAT?! He didn't walk up to a bank of microphones and randomly call the SEC a bunch of redneck morons. He gave funny punchlines in response to good setups.
You're almost 40 years old. Maybe it's time you developed a slightly thicker skin.
Go Bucks!

BED's picture

SO MUCH THIS.  K-Ho was terrible.  Gee is a TREMENDOUS improvement.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

rdubs's picture

Well there is no one better, so good luck with that...

DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

Funny how the media had no problem when Saban took shots at OSU earlier this week.
Good for you Gordon Gee. Good for you.

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I truly hope you understand the difference between the two comments and the positions of the people that said those comments.

Read my entire screen name....

DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

Oh absolutely! Just funny how the media will back the SEC  any chance they get.

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Not necessarily backing the SEC, but as I said in another thread, this is what happens when people in positions of authority say and do dumb things.

Read my entire screen name....

DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

We are all kidding ourselves though if we think the President of Alabama is a more "powerful" person than Saban at the university.

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

NoVA Buckeye's picture

The president of Bama can discontinue football at any time... which would be an insanely idiotic move because he'll be crucified the moment that happens.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

brumon's picture

What did Saban say?

chicagobuckeye's picture

That he doesn't know if OSU would win 3 games against the top 6 teams, ranked in the top 10, of the SEC.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Dude needs to sign up for a comedy club, I'm sure he would be would be a hit! However, I don't agree with his remarks. 
 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Gee's statement on Catholics is... somewhat accurate. Hell, I'm a Catholic and we can't be trusted for the most part unless it's during Sunday mass. Mormons, on the other hand, are stereotyped into being the only branch of Christianity that's devoted 24/7. I see what Gee was trying to do, you clever b******, you.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

AndyVance's picture

That's the point of the story that's completely missing - Gee is a member of a faith that is probably more ridiculed than any other Christian derivative denomination (well, I suppose I've heard a lot of bad Jehovah's Witness jokes over the years, so maybe it's a toss-up), so he's supposed to get a pass on irreverent and comedic religious commentary...

9Route's picture

I agree...I am a Christian, but not a Catholic. However, I have many, many Catholics in my family --- and what he said may not be PC, but it's right on in the context of a pretty damn good joke, to be honest. The Catholics in my family would agree! (and probably laugh it off, too).
But, what Andy said is right --- Gee is a Mormon, and they are unfairly criticized. The media likes to make fun of Mormons. But, when it comes to other religions, one in particular that also begins with an M which I won't mention --- well don't dare make a joke about that religion. The media and the PC police will hang you at sundown.

I'm just happy to be here

tennbuckeye19's picture

Seriously. Those Mennonites cannot take a joke.

9Route's picture

LOLz

I'm just happy to be here

German Buckeye's picture

that's because they don't have any TV's, interwebs and such to get the Comedy Channel...

AltaBuck's picture

Speaking of jokes.....why do you take two Mormons fishing instead of one?  Because if you only take one, he'll drink all of your beer.
I grew up there (Utah) and can attest to this joke's validity.
 

I am Groot - Groot

Earle's picture

Some of my best friends are Catholics.

Just say no to italics abuse.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Oh those Methodists! I heard they tend to kill hookers, and they always tend to do it by the fives.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

ArTbkward's picture

A man made a joke.  Must be a slow news day.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Doc's picture

This country is turning/ turned into a bunch of thin skinned pussies.  EGG is making a funny remark in a closed meeting to like minded people.  Thank the Good Lord Above I don't have a mic in my face 24/7 or the interwebs would implode from all the non PC stuff that drops out of my pie hole on a minute to minute basis.  Keep on keepin' on Gordon.  I too am Catholic, and took no offense to his remarks.  Sack up people, its called humor.

"Say my name."

CincyBuckeye04's picture

Couldn't have said it any better Doc! I'd upvote you if I could!

lamplighter's picture

I did  - and here's one for you

Buckeyeboy's picture

When most of us listen to President Gee in person, the tendency is to believe everything he has to say sounds appropriate for that moment in time... and it usually is. Too bad he often has to apologize to all the haters for being funny and charismatic. 

Go Bucks!

RedStorm45's picture

His football coach is Catholic, won two national titles in the SEC, and was an assistant at Notre Dame.  Gee himself was President at Vanderbilt, who is still a member of the SEC.  Put some context with the joking there.

DCBuckeyeFille's picture

What the press thinks is going on in closed door meetings, requiring a FOIA request: conniving, cheating people swimming in money a la Scrooge McDuck.
What is actually happening: bad jokes.  Shoot, have to make a story out this somehow!
Come on, Press, get a life!

AndyVance's picture

Quote of the day, good Sir.

Crimson's picture

Fixed.

What is actually happening: good bad jokes.

They're just taken out of context.

kdizzleduzit's picture

Shut up Gee. You're drunk

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I now love Gee. The SEC line was pure gold.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Gee = gold.

Class of 2010.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I just hope Urban Meyer doesn't fire him...

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Nailed it.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

FROMTHE18's picture

this media frenzy over this is ridiculous IMO..."Gee take shot at ND, Catholics"... REALLY?...REALLY?...he made a goofy comment...and every loses their minds (joker reference)

OSUinFl's picture

I love it and he through both Lousivlle and Kentucky  under the bus.

Boom777's picture

Gee is the man!

Wherever you are, there you be!

NH-IO's picture

I just hope Gee doesn't pull a Woody on somebody at some point.  And I fear equally that he may do it figuratively or literally.
Lighten up everybody,  that's funny stuff!

Earle's picture

I really hope you mean punching someone.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

That was really, really funny once I thought about it.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Earle's picture

It came to me immediately. The fact that you had to think about it makes you a better person than me.

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Buckeyejason's picture

THIS GUYS A BADASS!! Plain and simple. Takes balls to say stuff like that and that old man definitely has a pair. Screw this politically correct b.s...YOU GO GEE!

BUCKEYES BABY!

Jonnferrell's picture

I'm sure Gee understood there were Catholics in the audience he was talking to that day.  It was good natured ribbing, and nothing serious.  So much crap going around these days.  People need to give it a rest.  Find some real news--I'm sure there's some somewhere.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I basically agree with the staff comments up top. Is this the worst thing that has ever happened? Well, no. Is this a legitimate news story? If you want to answer "of course not," ask yourself how common it is to see a university president in the news for tweaking other schools. If it's an issue for the Board of Trustees, it's not "nothing."
The SEC stuff doesn't bother me all that much, because Gee appeared to be responding to digs about the Big Ten having 14 members and thus not being able to count. It was a hardball comeback, but not unfair all things considered. And it was based on an image of SEC schools that is widely understood.
The comment about Notre Dame, though, was really a misstep. I don't think it was offensive necessarily, but it certainly wasn't funny. If he had said something about how Irish Catholics drink too much or fight too much, those are negative stereotypes to be sure, but at least they're stereotypes folks would recognize--I'm an Irish Catholic who has made similar jokes at my own expense, often after drinking too much. But "Catholics are liars?" Where does something like that come from? And why is supposed to be funny?
Gee has been in the public eye too long for this to keep happening.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

William's picture

"You can't trust those Catholics"- Every Jew/Muslim from the 11th-13th centuries. 
It was a joke, I don't see why people are upset by this at all. 

Qujo's picture

Amen bow-tie rebel! f the PC people who will make this something that is nothing... Have fun E., life is short, we can never thank you enough for the laughs and the $2.5 billion in fundraising for THE... He is in my opinion saying the exact same things most Buckeye fans would say... Love it!

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

OSUinFl's picture

I wonder what both Gene Smith and Urban  think about these quotes.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Urban's imaginary press conference when asked about Gee's comments:
Reporter:  Urban, can you react to President Gee's comments about Notre Dame, the Catholic faith and the SEC?
Urban:  You're going to have to tell me what he said, I didn't hear about it.
Reporter:  [repeats the comments]
Urban: Ok, so?  Is a big deal being made?
Reporter:  Yes.
Urban:  Oh. [shrugs shoulders] [looks around the room to engage next reporter]

OSUinFl's picture

The only reason I bring up urban he a catholic. At least he didn't offend Lesley Werner faith.

jedkat's picture

This will soon all ...PASSOVER, right?
I think that about hits all the groups evenly now.

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over"

~ Joey Bosa

BED's picture

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

rider1's picture

Raised Catholic-not offended. Move on.

kingjamborah's picture

I'm Catholic. And, yeah, I'm offended. I'm also proud of my OSU degree and my Bucks.
Can we be honest? GG is a klutz. He's a Mormon klutz. That's a religion started by some swindler out West, right? He's  making "jokes" about Catholic priests? Come on.
He wears bow ties. Guys with little plucked chicken physiques should not wear bow ties.
He pukes up bulletin board material for our rivals.
He's oddly child like for a university president.
He's an embarrassment.
He has a way of making bad situations worse (Tatgate, Tressledamerung) and situations that were okay suddenly bad.
Every time I see a picture of this boob with a bunch of undergrads I get the feeling that what he really wants to be doing is attending OSU, not representing it as the president.
Prediction: the remediation (another humiliation that most presidents would resign over, if they had a pair) won't work. And this dweeb will step in shit again and again until the University has to frog march his ass across the Oval and into a squad car. But by then I'll be taking ten tons more sht from my friends because of this scrawny dufus machine we have running around in owl framed specs and tweed and bow ties.
I want to vomit.
Goodbye, Gordon.

JammaRamma

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'm pretty sure Mormonism was started by someone from Vermont

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Earle's picture

Pretty sure it was Ethan Allen. Or maybe Howard Dean.

Just say no to italics abuse.

lamplighter's picture

so is it okay to beat up on Mormons?

OSUinFl's picture

I wonder if Gee is on a short leash now. There at least trustee not happy with gee slip ups.
      
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