Ohio State President Gordon Gee Apologizes to Big Ten for Recent Remarks

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIJune 2, 2013

Jay LaPrete/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jay LaPrete/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Earlier this week, Ohio State president Gordon Gee made waves when he took shots at the Notre Dame Catholic priests. In the days since, the world has responded with anger and outrage over the tasteless comments the Ohio State president offered up.

Per a release via The Associated Press, Gee has since apologized for his remarks.

Gee's comments were in regards to Notre Dame potentially entering the Big Ten, which never came to fruition. Gee proceeded to extend the range of his insults to the SEC and the Louisville Cardinals.

Per The AP, Gee went on damage control.

In a statement Sunday, Gordon Gee says he apologized for his "misguided attempt at humor" before the university's Athletic Council in December. He says the Big Ten universities are "some of this country's most highly accomplished research institutions," and he's honored to lead a Big Ten school.

Gee, a popular figure, hasn't made very many friends with his comments.

This isn't the first time that Gee has come under fire, as he was forced to apologize to current Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema. This comes after Bielema spent time as the head coach and defensive coordinator of the Wisconsin Badgers from 2004 to 2012.

The never-so-popular word of "thug" was used.

Apologies can be genuine, but too many can call your honesty into question.

It's unclear whether or not Ohio State will take action, but there has been speculation that Gee will be fired. His job appears to be safe, for the time being, but there is genuine reason for concern when it comes to Ohio State's public image.

Between Jim Tressel's resignation in 2011 and Gee's inability to keep his mouth closed, Ohio State is walking a very thin line.

Chances are, one more slip-up will result in Gee losing his job, as his popularity is rapidly being damaged by his ill taste in words. The only question at this point is whether or not Gee will be able to keep his mouth long enough for Ohio State to salvage its reputation.

All eyes will be on Gee and the Buckeyes.