Sane people around the world were wondering what had gotten into Ohio State president Gordon Gee when he made controversial and downright stupid remarks about Notre Dame and Catholics. Gee’s little brain fart has now cost him his job as the president is announcing he will be retiring on July 1st following the comments he made.
According to the Associated Press, Ohio State is on board with Gee’s retirement.
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.
“During my days away, I also spent some time in self-reflection,” Gee said, via the AP. “And after much deliberation, I have decided it is now time for me to turn over the reins of leadership to allow the seeds that we have planted to grow. It is also time for me to re-energize and refocus myself.”
It wasn’t even as though Gee was joking when he made the comment that Notre Dame wasn’t allowed in the Big Ten because Catholics can’t be trusted. George Carlin regularly went after Catholics and Catholicism but he did so in an intellectual way and he’s a comedian. When people refer to Gee’s comments as a joke, they’re failing to grasp the concept of a joke. There was no satire in Gee’s comments and there was even less humor.
It was just mean and pointless.
There’s a term called tolerance that isn’t used or exercised as often as it should be in this day and age and Gee’s comments are indefensible. He’s paying the price for what he said, and he’s fallen far from when he was named college football’s best president back in 2010.