Clay Travis and Mark May are obviously terrible. But they're pundits. They're supposed to say controversial things to get ratings, they're supposed to make enemies. So, when they say something inflammatory or negative about OSU, or about Urban, I'm never surprised, no matter how bad it is.
But this is ridiculous. Per ESPN, who titled the article "Gordon Gee Was Slow to Apologize"
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Records show that then-Ohio State president Gordon Gee took his time apologizing for remarks critical of Roman Catholics, the University of Notre Dame and Southeastern Conference schools.
The records indicate that Gee waited several weeks to start the process despite a March letter from university trustees directing him to begin promptly.
A copy of Gee's calendar obtained by The Associated Press shows Gee only began the apologies after a request was made for the audiotape of a December meeting where Gee made the critical comments.
The calendar indicates that Gee waited more than two months before visiting Notre Dame's president and calling the SEC commissioner.
Gee retired July 1 after announcing his departure just weeks earlier.
That's it. That's the entire story. It's Associated Press content, but ESPN cut out most of the story from the actual Associated Press article. The story ran last night, and ESPN's story is currently on the front page of their college football section. I clicked on it expecting a column, or some kind of punditry, but nope. It's a news story, with a title that should only go along with an opinion piece.
Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but to me, there's really no story here. He announced his retirement over a month ago. He's apologized to everyone who was offended by his comments, they all accepted, and everyone involved moved on. Gee's colleagues have said nothing but positive words about him since the incident, including those who he offended.
This is the textbook definition of beating a dead horse. He apologized, he stepped down, it's all in the past. Unless you're ESPN, and it's a slow news day.
Also, this is coming from someone who thinks the anti-ESPN circlejerk on here is ridiculous most of the time. Maybe, given their obsession with Tat-gate, Urban Meyer, and Gordon Gee, and their indifference towards the violations at Oregon, Miami, and North Carolina, as well as the racist, segregation-endorsing remarks made by Alabama's president a few years ago, maybe you guys are onto something.
EDIT: Also, gotta love the media calling Gee slow regarding his apology. He made the comments in early December. He was told to apologize by the board in early March, and apologized within a few weeks. The media found out about it in JUNE, and then, a month later, found out when he actually apologized. But Gee is the slow one? Then again, these are the same people who didn't actually try to interview Manti Te'o's girlfriend, or any of her relatives, let alone verify her existence at all.