Back in December, Ohio State University president Gordon Gee, while attending the school’s meeting of the athletic council, made some comments that I’m sure he figured would never leave that room. I’m sure that he was able to get a chuckle out of some of his Buckeye peers with him on that night. I’m sure they made him feel as if he were a bigger man, almost superior in some way to all others.
You know what else I’m sure of? I’m sure that those comments, that were recorded and have subsequently been released, should cost the long-time President his job.
Gee made remarks about a few subjects. Among those were derogatory comments made toward the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and their Catholic affiliation, as well as words directed at the current power conference in college football, the SEC.
In regards to Notre Dame, at one point Gee referred to them as “those damn Catholics.” He would go on to add, “The fathers are holy on Sunday and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week.”
Fine, fine comments from the man leading one of the most recognized collegiate institutions in the world.
As far as the SEC goes, instead of attacking their religious affiliation, Gee decided to jab at their education level.
When a person at the meeting brought up SEC fans’ gripe with Ohio State’s conference still being referred to as the Big Ten, despite it having 14 official members, Gee offered his expert take on the matter. The president responded, “You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what they’re doing.”
Oh, Mr. Gee, I’m sure that the Southeastern Conference fan base can read just fine. I’m sure they had no problem reading the scoreboards during your last two trips to the BCS National Championship Game.
Alright, now that’s it for the jokes.
It is now a foregone conclusion, at least in my mind, that Gee should immediately be removed from office. This isn’t the first time that he has toed the line of appropriateness. But, it should be the last.
Gee is apparently oblivious to the way the world works today. Anyone, especially someone in his position, needs to be aware that any comments made, be it publicly or privately, will make their rounds. And then, embarrassment for the university that you represent will ultimately ensue.
There is no room for stuff like this in college athletics. Will it ever leave the game for good? No. Incidents like these will always be hovering around.
And like I said before, this isn’t the first time that Gee’s mouth has gotten himself in trouble. Therefore, it’s not as if we can call for zero-tolerance in this scenario.
The only thing that should be called for now, is Gee’s resignation.