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Ohio State president takes shots at Notre Dame, Catholics and the SEC

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Gordon Gee's mouth has gotten him in trouble yet again
Gordon Gee's mouth has gotten him in trouble yet again. (USATSI)

Ohio State president Gordon Gee has talked himself into hot water once again.

According to the Associated Press, Gee made remarks during a December meeting of Ohio State's Athletic Council about Notre Dame, Catholics and the SEC that won't be taken too kindly.

When talking about the long courtship between the Big Ten and Notre Dame, Gee shared his experiences in dealing with the school.

"The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they're holy hell on the rest of the week," Gee said. "You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that."

Gee is a Mormon.

Notre Dame and Catholics weren't the only targets of Gee's jabs, as he made sure to take some shots at the SEC and Louisville as well.

When talking about what the Big Ten was looking for in a school during expansion Gee said the top goal is to "make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won't see us adding Louisville." Gee went on to say the Big Ten wouldn't be adding Kentucky, either.

Then, after being asked what his reponse would be to SEC fans who say the 14-team Big Ten can't count, Gee responded with "you tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing."

And just in case those remarks about Catholics and the SEC weren't enough, Gee had some things to say about Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany as well.

"No one admires Jim Delany more than I do — I chaired the committee that brought him here," Gee said. "Jim is very aggressive, and we need to make certain he keeps his hands out of our pockets while we support him."

Gee has already apologized for his remarks in a statement to the Associated Press.

"The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for," he said. "They were a poor attempt at humor and entirely inappropriate."

Of course, this is not the first time that Gee has ruffled feathers with his mouth. In 2010 he made a comment about Ohio State not scheduling the "Little Sisters of the Poor," which he later apologized to the actual Little Sisters of the Poor in northwest Ohio about afterward. Gee also angered Polish-Americans last year when he compared the problem of organizing Ohio State's many divisions to the Polish army.

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