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Ohio St. Prez Retiring After Jabs at Notre Dame, SEC

By: Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
By: Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press

Comments on Notre Dame:

"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."

Comments on the SEC:

"You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is retiring following the revelation of recorded remarks in which he criticized Notre Dame, Roman Catholics and the Southeastern Conference.

The university announced Tuesday that Gee is retiring as of July 1.

Gee made the joking remarks to the university's Athletic Council in December during an update on Big Ten expansion. The recorded comments were obtained by The Associated Press, which published a story about them last week.

Trustees had called Gee's remarks unacceptable and placed him on a remediation plan after learning of the comments earlier this year.

Gee has been a successful college president but also prone to verbal gaffes, once calling Ohio's governor a "dummy" and likening the job of running a university to the Polish Army.


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