Ohio State Buckeyes president Gordon Gee made some controversial comments that landed him in hot water. The comments came from a meetingof Ohio State’s Athletic Council on December 5, but they were just brought to the public’s attention earlier this week. Among the victims of Gee’s comments were the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Louisville Cardinals and the entire Southeastern Conference. Now, thanks to our friends at Sports Illustrated, we can listen to Gee’s comments after they were able to obtain the full audio.
Here is the video of Gee’s controversial comments, that will be followed by some of the top quotes from his unintentional comedic performance:
On conference realignment:
The top goal of Big Ten presidents is to “make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity,” Gee said. “So you won’t see us adding Louisville,” a member of the Big East conference that is also joining the ACC.
After a pause followed by laughter from the audience, Gee added that the Big Ten wouldn’t add the University of Kentucky, either.
On Ohio State’s negotiations with Notre Dame when they attempted to bring them in as a football school:
“The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week…You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.”
On SEC fans who joke that the Big Ten can’t count because it has 14 teams:
“You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing.”
Well done, Mr. Gee.