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Ohio State President Gordon Gee to retire after comments on Louisville, Notre Dame and SEC

Jun 4, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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Last week The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee once again found himself in hot water after make comments regarding the University of Notre Dame, the Southeastern Conference and the University of Louisville.

On Tuesday afternoon, Gee announced he would retire, effective July 1.

This past Thursday, Rick Pitino appeared on WHAS Radio with Terry Meiners and offered his thoughts on the negative comments from the university president. Safe to say, the two-time national champion wasn’t pleased with what he heard from Gee.

“I have a major problem with [Gee], not with Ohio State,” Pitino told WHAS. “I have a major problem with him and he’s a pompous ass for making those statements.”

“I began my career at Ohio State in 1990, and I was honored to return as its leader six years ago,” President Gee said in a school statement. “I am proud to have played a critical role in the university’s transformation from excellence to eminence. I plan to work closely with the Trustees and Dr. Alutto to ensure the smoothest transition possible. I cannot express enough my deep appreciation to the people of Ohio for the opportunity they have given me to lead this great university. I love this university, and although I might be retiring from the presidency, my work with Ohio State will continue. No matter what the future may hold for me, Ohio is my home.”

Gee in December made statements to the university’s Athletic Council regarding Notre Dame and the academic integrity of Louisville and the SEC. This past week, the audio of that speech was publicized. Gee has since apologized for what he called his “misguided attempt at humor.”

Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph A. Alutto will serve as the interim president.

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  1. barkleyblows - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    It’s sad people can’t even tell the truth anymore in this country. Might hurt someones feelings.

    • kentakka - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Truth? Obviously, it was jokes. He meant it as humor. But he was out of line. If you have to make fun of others to get laughs, it’s pretty pathetic. As for hurting someones feeling, there’s enough bullying in this world as it is. It’s in every school and just about around every corner you turn. He was a president of a very well-respected university. He represents that university being there as president. He should have found other ways to gain laughs than by making fun of others. I like OSU and love watching em play basketball, especially Craft. However, a university president has to have higher standards. That goes for any university and any president.

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Like the president sitting behind him in the picture? Looks like BO doesn’t it?

  2. rocketray04 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    It wasn’t truth, it was an opinion which should never have left the mouth. Gee got the luxury of retiring instead of being fired.
    Now let’s talk NCAA violation history shall we?
    I still have respect for OSU, but somehow, integrity took a shot.

  3. mazblast - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Matta lying to everyone on his way out of Xavier, even his players
    Tressel flat out lying to everyone
    Gee and his lame, bad jokes

    At least we’re rid of Tressel’s bad sweater vests and Gee’s awful bowties.

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