Looks like Gordon Gee‘s comments have finally caught up with him. The Buckeyes’ head honcho announced that he will be stepping down as president of Ohio State on July 1.
This is just the latest in a long line of controversial comments from Gee, (a.k.a. “Bow Tie”), who has a track record of diarrhea of the mouth, and it’s not a stretch to speculate that someone at Ohio State wanted him gone.
Gee’s “decision” to retire came after some self-reflection during a vacation last week, saying publicly that it was time to re-energize and refocus himself. So that’s what they’re calling it these days when you get canned? Interesting.
The timing of his “epiphany” is probably not coincidental. According to the Ohio Dispatch, Gee had one more chance, and if he slipped up again, it was likely the board would fire him. In the meantime, they wanted him to limit his public speaking, and hire a coach to assist with his job. Right, because that was definitely going to happen.
In spite of Gee’s public insensitivity and bad humor, he secured $1.6 billion in private funds and awards for the school.
Too bad his mouth got the better of him publicly and he’ll go down with that on the minds of the Ohio State faithful instead of the very real contributions he made for the school.