Gordon Gee can't stop apologizing to Bret Bielema

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Bret Bielema was not smiling during an email exchange with Gordon Gee. (USATSI)
Bret Bielema was not smiling during an email exchange with Gordon Gee. (USATSI)

Before you go on and read this post, you should probably know that it's a joke and it's all in fun. Or you can take it seriously and get upset about it for no reason. It's your life. Live it how you want to.

The Apology Cycle between Ohio State president Gordon Gee and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema spins on and on.

Last week, Gee made comments that became public about the Arkansas coach in which he said that Bielema was a "thug." Gee would apologize to Bielema for the remarks publicly and then send a private email to Bielema to apologize personally. An email that Bielema would then make public by tweeting it before releasing a statement of his own about the apology that Gee had sent him.

And that's where you probably think this story ended, but you couldn't be more wrong. This vicious cycle of apologizing carried on through the weekend. At the moment, there appears to be no end in sight. We here at CBSSports were able to get a hold of emails between both Gee and Bielema over the weekend, and these two are still going at it.

It all began again on Sunday after Bielema issued a statement about Gee's apology.

This is an email from Gee to Bielema on Sunday.

Bret,

I know what I did was wrong, and I still feel absolutely terrible about it, but I have to know why you feel the need to show the entire world the emails? I apologized publicly for what I said, and that email I sent was supposed to be private. To be perfectly honest, I think that was pretty lame. It's nowhere near as lame or reprehensible as what I said, but I don't think it was very cool.

Sincerely,

Gordon Gee

PS. Please don't tweet this.

Bielema would respond 20 minutes later.

Gordo,

What the hell, man? You think it's cool for you to tell people that Barry Alvarez thinks I'm a thug in a public venue, but I can't go public and say that I hope you learn from your mistakes? I'm a human being, man. I got feelings. Feelings you hurt pretty good, and now you're implying that I'm a bad person. I know people sometimes get mad at me for going for two when they say I shouldn't, but I have to be honest, right now you're going for two on my feelings.

Not cool, man. Not cool.

#WPS,

Bret

To which Gee would respond an hour later.

Bret,

Wow, you're right. I feel terrible. I'm sorry. Again. I've had a rough couple of days, Bret. I guess I was just feeling a little raw about all of this and I decided to take it out on you, which is wholly unfair. I'm sorry, Bret. Really truly sorry. I hope you accept this apology and that we can be friends after this.

And when I say accept this apology, I don't mean like Walder Frey accepted Robb Stark's apology! Can you believe that episode of Game of Thrones tonight? I can't believe Walder Frey and Lord Bolton killed Robb, Grey Wind and Cat like that! Just when Arya was so close to being reunited with her family! That poor girl!

Anyway, once again, I'm sorry. Good luck down there in Arkansas. They got themselves a great coach.

All the best,

Gordon

Bielema would reply within minutes.

DUDE WHAT THE HELL? SPOILER ALERT MUCH?

I DVR'd Game of Thrones, man. I was going to watch it later tonight or maybe tomorrow morning, and you just ruined the whole damn thing for me. What the hell is your problem?

I can't believe how insensitive you are!

To which Gee would reply.

Bret,

Wow, I'm so sorry. It didn't even occur to me that you hadn't watched yet. I always watch Game of Thrones live every week, and it just totally skipped my mind that you had probably recorded it for later. You're a busy man, after all.

Man, I feel terrible. I should have known you hadn't watched yet and that you hadn't read the books, so you didn't know what would happen. I'm such a fool.

I'm so, so, so very sorry,

Gordon

Minutes later ...

YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN I DIDN'T READ THE BOOKS? WHY? BECAUSE I'M AN SEC COACH AND WE CAN'T READ DOWN HERE? WOW. YOU GOT SOME NERVE, GEE, BUT YOU'RE LUCKY I'M NOT THE THUG YOU THINK I AM OR ELSE I'D BE MAKING MY WAY UP TO COLUMBUS TO SHOVE THAT BOW TIE DOWN YOUR THROAT.

Gee would not wait long to reply.

Bret,

Oh my God, I'm an idiot. That's not what I meant at all, I'm sorry. I simply meant that as a football coach you don't have time to read George R.R. Martin's series. You have too much to do. I don't think you're illiterate, nor do I think you are a thug, though if you came here and shoved my bow tie down my throat, I'd certainly understand.

I'm being a real Pete Campbell over here, or maybe more like Don Draper tonight. I just wanted to relax and have some fun chatting Game of Thrones and the next thing I know I'm floating face down in a pool.

I'm so sorry, Bret. Forgive me.

Humbly,

Gordon

As you'd expect, Bielema did not appreciate this email, either.

DON DRAPER IS DEAD? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MAN DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE NOT WATCHED TELEVISION TONIGHT? DID THE GAME OF THRONES FIASCO NOT MAKE THAT CLEAR ENOUGH FOR YOU?

PLEASE STOP RUINING MY LIFE.

Gee responded a few minutes later.

Bret,

No! I'm sorry, that was a bit misleading. Don Draper isn't dead! He just smoked some hash and started hallucinating about his wife and that soldier that he met while he was in Hawaii on vacation with her, but it turned out that he was just floating face down in a pool and had to be saved by Roger who had just been punched in a very sensitive area by a midget who he used to be related to.

And all of this while Joan was causing a bit of a stir back at the office by squeezing Pete out of a meeting with Avon that she set up on her own because Joan wants a bigger piece of the pie, and it's a good thing that Peggy was there to help her out or else she could be in serious trouble.

Once again, I'm sorry!

Have a good night,

Gordon

All of which would lead to this Bielema tweet late Sunday night.

As of the publication of this post, Gordon Gee has yet to respond to Bielema's tweet.

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