The Complete Gordon Gee Sound Off

By Kyle Rowland on May 31, 2013 at 2:55p
It's safe to say Cincinnati won't be joining the Big Ten.

Everyone heard about Gordon Gee’s comments on Catholics, the SEC and the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville. But now even more has come out. Sports Illustrated posted the full 27 minutes of audio.

Some of the highlights – or lowlights:

“My view, very candidly — and I’ve said this to you before and I’m not certain if [athletic director] Gene [Smith] shares this, we haven’t really talked about this — but I think we’re moving precipitously toward about three or four superconferences of about 16 to 20 teams. And the possibility of them bolting from the NCAA is not unlikely.”

“[The addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten] gives us 40 to 50 million more viewers, makes the BTN worth more money than God. I did say that. It’s a very powerful instrument for us.”

“I think the Big Ten needs to be predatory and positive rather than waiting for other people to take away from them. Very candidly, I think we made a mistake. Because thought about adding Missouri and Kansas at the time. There was not a great deal of enthusiasm about that. I think we should have done that at the time. So we would have had Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and then moved into that other area. I think, by the way, that that can still happen.”

“You know Penn State just abhors Pitt. It would be the same way. Even though we love Cincinnati as a city, we want it to be an Ohio State city. They’d have to take Gene out and shoot him to let Cincinnati into the Big Ten. There are some things that we just would not to. And that’s the way that Penn State also feels about Pitt.”

“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.”


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kdizzleduzit's picture

Very candid remarks about realignment. And he is probably right about Bert

jeremytwoface's picture

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

rdubs's picture

Do you mean this guy?

jeremytwoface's picture

It's the same guy.
Mine is of him when he was 1 year old. He's a natural.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

GoBucks713's picture

Where's contestant Robert Bobaganouche?
Oh MXC, you so funny.

-The Aristocrats!

Denny's picture

So best.


rdubs's picture

I was able to dig up the rest of that session:

OSUStu's picture

Great comment by Gee at the end in response to a question from an audience member about the SEC fans saying the B1G can't count because we still call ourselves the Big Ten.

"Well you tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write then they can figure out what we’re doing. I’ve been down there. I was the chairman of the Southeastern Conference for two years. I’ll tell you something. It’s shameful. It really is."..."We know how to count.  And the thing about it is, we know how to count the money which we have a lot more than the SEC.  And we will continue to have that"

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

ATXbucknut's picture

Not that it should, but I think this event is going to precipitate his resignation. I don't think the media are going to let go until he does. They smell blood.

BUCKfutter's picture

e-mail sent out today:

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

jeremytwoface's picture

E-mail sent.
Everything's better.
Let's move on.
Nothing to see here.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

BME_Buckeye's picture

No. Just because Gee sent an email to the students, alumni and faculty doesn't make it better. This is in addition to the letter to the AP and so forth. If Gee was really sorry, he would be getting his ass on the phone and calling the pat Louisville and every SEC president and AD and apologizing to them for his comments made. He offended the entire SEC and just because you issue a public apology doesn't mean people at those university are going to receptive of it. In addition he should do the same for Notre Dame. 
His comments came off as elitist and arrogant and just saying you're sorry and expect to move on is not the solution. Yet, while so many people continue to laugh at jokes madeby Gee, in reality you are laughing at the person that represent your institution and is a reflection of Ohio State. The joke isn't on the SEC, catholics or Notre Dame, the joke is on us! 

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


jestertcf's picture

Maybe president Gee should have sent this out to the offended. Then all would have been forgiven.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

MVJ's picture

C'mon Jestertcf - it's fine to disagree with those who are upset by Gee's remarks. No need to react in a way that insults women or gays (many of whom make up a large part of Buckeye nation as well).

"You win with people "

Crimson's picture

MVJ, FYI, this was a joke too.

jestertcf's picture

it was just a toe in the water to the PC incorrectness, my post being far worse than Gee's comments. Although humor it was off color, but I must argue that we need to learn to laugh and NOT look of any excuse to get our feelings hurt.
Sticks and stones my friend.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

OSUinFl's picture

Forgot is he a brownnoser.

rdubs's picture

He called Slive before the news even broke to apologize, so you can't say it was a media forced apology.  His remarks were classic Gee, and were funny.  He is rarely serious when giving speeches, especially to OSU crowds.  You should have heard some of the things he said about overtanned Florida women prior to the Gator Bowl. #gatorskin

NC_Buckeye's picture

Gee doesn't owe the SEC anything. What he said about them, that's the average Tuesday in SEC-land for what they say about us. I got into it with a Miss State fan (not student or alumni, mind you) during the 2011 Wisconsin game in a bar in Raleigh. The smack talk from this bozo bordered on raging hostility. So screw the SEC. And if this guy I encountered is a typical SEC fan, then I agree with Gee. They are illiterate morons.
As an ex-Catholic I have no problem with what he said. Catholics can take a joke.
Last, this is getting media-time because he's the president of Ohio State. It will go away eventually. And as an alumnus I'm satisfied with the actions taken by the board.
I actually found his comments on expansion very revealing. I just wished he was of a mind to stay the hell away from Duke. When Krzyzewski retires, Duke is going to return to athletics obscurity. Them and UNC together are a bad combination in the same way that Texas would be a problem.
And I feel the same as him about Missouri and Kansas. Lost opportunity there.

LILBUCKEYE's picture

the comments are honestly harmless, if a comedian wouldve said these things about the SEC, everyone would laugh..everyone is making too much of a deal out of this because Gee is tOSU president. These arent going to have profound effects in a year..

The Ohio State University '17

ATT2121's picture

I support Dr. Gee 100%. Plain talk is quite rare these days so when some hear it they become uncomfortable. Some people are under the impression that they have a right to not be offended.


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

Whosisbrew's picture

Respectfully, I disagree with all of the support for his comments. He's the president of my alma mater and I wouldn't mind him having a little more decorum and class in his approach to public speaking. He's not a comedian. He's the president of the Ohio State University, a nationally respected place of learning. Act like it.

teddyballgame's picture

I'm tired of actors, it is refreshing to hear someone not afraid to share their true thoughts.

Whosisbrew's picture

But this "someone" is the president of the university. He isn't the president of the football program. He speaks on behalf of the entire university, its faculty and student body. He does too much wonderful work for this university to make himself appear to be so classless.

Aesculus.'s picture

Thank you Whosisbrew.   

741's picture

I'm good with four 16-20 team super conferences. Also, Cincinnati (perhaps both the university and the city) can suck it.

doodah_man's picture

Come on can do it..instead of time, just lookem right square in the eye and tell them "Go F Yourself"...that would be refreshing....

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

BucksfanXC's picture

Gee has a seat at the table, but he's only one voice. I like the things he's saying are on the table, but he is not the decision maker on any of those things.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Meanwhile, Bob Stoops is criticizing Gee for making outrageous statements.

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

Buckeye110893's picture has this as its cover story on the site right now. Just a matter of time before good ole Mark May starts ripping OSU. I am going to go ahead say it hear, Mark May is going to call for Ohio State to punished. If there is one man I would punch in the gonads, it would have to be Mark May. 

OSUinFl's picture

He will fit in the sec. They have some coaches in sec that are jerks.  

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Every conference has jerks coaching within them. Some people come off as jerks in completely different ways. Many regard Urban as a jerk because of how he interacts with players. Some call Spurrier a jerk because of how he interacts with the media. Some call Kiffin a jerk because, well, he actually is one.

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

OSUinFl's picture

Saban,Muschamp,freeze,Malazone,franklin . The good  person coach is Rchit  of Georgia. They also  hardest drug policy in the sec. He already said one of his star players won't play in the Clemson game.

OSUinFl's picture

I forgot one Miles he just a clown. I will give credit he not afraid to schedule anyone. 2 years he had Oregon and West Virginia as non conference games.
 Lay will have a rough year they lost a lot starters.  I heard they couldn't go 2 deep on the defensive line during the spring. If they get one major injury to the defensive line they are toast.  What amazing all those guys were very highly rated coming out of high school yet haven't started that many games.

Buckeyeboy's picture

Breaking News!
Dr. Gordon Gee's humorous aggressiveness, reflects the relentless, aggressive style of the Ohio State University head football coach. You're damn straight it's appropriate! Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

LadyBuck's picture

To be honest, I find it amusing. While it may not be the best publicity for us at this time of year, he isn't saying anything that we haven't thought or spoken. Perhaps he should of said it with more tack, but it's Gordon Gee, and when it comes to athletics, he lacks it.

hetuck's picture

Note he refers to "his first term." Clearly he was involved with the negotiations with ND in 1997. IIRC, the ND faculty voted to accept admission for the CIC benefits. Clearly the background negotiation was they favored admission; hence, the official invitation. Once it became public knowledge, there was a ground swell of alumni opposition and the ND leadership (priests) recanted. The Big Ten was stood up at the altar. I think that explains the rancor, but no one is digging into it this round.  

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

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