Ohio State made plans for Gordon Gee sensitivity training

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Gordon Gee retired last July 1.
Gordon Gee retired last July 1. (USATSI)

The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that Ohio State officials had made plans for now-former president Gordon Gee to undergo sensitivity training in the wake of his infamous "damn Catholics" remarks -- but that Gee retired before those plans could be put into practice.

"The focused approach was something that both the board and I found important for me to do as president of the university," Gee told the Dispatch. "And before I retired as president, my team and I were working to make this happen."

According to the Dispatch:

Ohio State considered a number of proposals, including having Gee attend a number of two-to-three hour sessions, possibly off-campus in a place unfamiliar to him such as a Buddhist temple or women's center. Officials also considered having him read books and watch movies that would “increase his exposure and challenge this thinking,” according to records requested by The Dispatch this summer and which Ohio State released this morning.

Gee retired July 1 of this year, within weeks of comments made to the Ohio State Athletics Council disparaging Catholics, Notre Dame, the SEC, Louisville and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema becoming public.

Gee denied that his retirement was related to the swift public backlash over the remarks or his long string of controversial statements.

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