Tuesday, June 4, 2013

(Related Update): Gee whiz, what was the guy thinking?

Though I suspect he and the OSU supporters would disagree, I think Gee retired before he got wacked:
Ohio State president Gordon Gee abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday after he came under fire for jokingly referring to "those damn Catholics" at Notre Dame and poking fun at the academic quality of other schools.  Ohio State called his words unacceptable and said it had placed Gee on a "remediation plan" to change his behavior.  Gee, 69, said in a teleconference that the furor was only part of his decision to retire, which he said he had been considering for a while. He said his age and the start of a long-term planning process at the university were also factors.

Original Post:  I don't post on sports related topics very often, but this story out of Columbus caught my eye, particularly since it involves two sports programs that I don't really root for: Ohio State and Notre Dame.  Recently, OSU's president, Gordon Gee, has been a lightening-rod for critics of the inane increases in college tuition over the last three decades.  But beyond the fact that he's one of the highest paid college presidents at one of the most administratively bloated colleges in the country, he apparently gets himself into trouble with his mouth on a regular basis.  And that's the crux of the situation this time.  It seems that the Associated Press obtained records from a December meeting of the school's athletic council that show Gee making some hugely inflammatory comments about not just Notre Dame, but other schools as well.  From an article at ESPN:
Gee, who has taken heat previously for uncouth remarks, told members of the council that he negotiated with Notre Dame officials during his first term at Ohio State, which began more than two decades ago. "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.
The article also provides a sort of chronology of Gee's past transgressions and makes for fascinating reading.  He's yet another example of the problems besetting our higher education system.