Ohio State Pres. Gordon Gee Under Fire for Comments About Notre Dame, Catholics

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMay 30, 2013

Ohio State president Gordon Gee finds himself under fire for sending hurtful comments in the direction of Notre Dame at the December meeting of the school's athletic council.

What makes the situation even worse for Gee is that his tasteless comments were recorded.

According to Matt Scalici of AL.com, Gee referred to Notre Dame as "those damn Catholics" that can't be trusted. He also mentioned that the university's priests are not good partners.

The Associated Press obtained the recordings under a public records request.

Gee has apologized for his comments and is undergoing a "remediation plan," according to the report.

"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."

You think?

Per the report, Gee got on his high horse and fired direct shots at Catholics:

"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 also threw a few blows in the direction of the SEC when asked to respond to SEC fans who wonder why it is still referred to as the Big Ten with 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.

Does Gee not know that we are in 2013 and there are devices that record everything? Your best bet is to keep your mouth closed if you don't want things to blow up in your face.

During the heart of the conference realignment phase, some thought Notre Dame might drop its independence and become a member of the Big Ten. Of course, this didn't happen, and it may have been a good idea that it didn't now knowing the feelings of the Ohio State president.

There is always a little truth to every "just kidding."