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08:12 AM ET 06.01 | Ohio State University's board of trustees said one more embarrassing vocal slip-up from President E. Gordon Gee could cost him his job. In a March 11 letter signed by two of the universities top trustees on behalf of the entire board, Gee was told he embarrassed the university with insensitive comments made during a Dec. 5 meeting of the school's Athletic Council and laid out steps he must make going forward. News of that letter came as additional controversial comments made by Gee surfaced Friday. Gee has apologized for taking verbal shots at Notre Dame, Catholics, the Southeastern Conference and multiple schools in other conferences during a half-hour speech - comments that initially became public Thursday. In the letter signed by Chairman Robert H. Schottenstein and Trustee Alex Shumate, Gee was told his comments diminished his work and that of the university as a whole, and asked him to issue personal apologies in addition to hiring a "coach" to work on his "global presence and voice," according to the Columbus Dispatch.

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June 1, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Brilliant.

June 1, 2013  08:47 AM ET

I, like many others wish he would shut his mouth or be shown the exit. However, the more I read the things he said the more I somewhat agree with them. I believe he was attempting a joke about Catholics but didn't succeed and was probably being serious about how ND is difficult to deal with. And I like ND. And with the SEC thing, who hasn't been saying that for years? He obviously has experience with that conference. This society has become so overprotective about what you can say and what you can't. Like saying someone likes a particular food for example. Food!

June 1, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Right because Tosu isn't a football factory. It's academics first there yep yep. I'm sure they never eva eva make concessions for football players. This guy just has diarrhea of the mouth and clearly loves to throw stones a point fingers. The Catholic comment I don't really care about although it is offensive. Who cares if ND if difficult to deal with, don't deal with them and quitchabitchin. And to lump together 14 schools as " shameful" is ridiculous. Yes there have been shameful actions at many SEC schools as well as many schools in general around the nation in all conferences. Calling out the SEC is just his jealousy for the attention the conf gets in recent years.

June 1, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

... Calling out the SEC is just his jealousy for the attention the conf gets in recent years.

For what it's worth I think the conference HAS gotten a little too much attention lately. I'm very impressed with Alabama's current run, LSU's continued strength, and Florida's strength especially during Meyer's stint. I'd rather the focus be on the players and the teams, not the conference. Just sayin ...

June 1, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'd rather the focus be on the players and the teams, not the conference. Just sayin ...

Which is one reason the BigXII* almost imploded....too much attention on the teams and not enough on the conference.

The conference is made up of the teams and the conference makes them stronger. If not, everyone would be independent....

June 1, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Right because Tosu isn't a football factory. It's academics first there yep yep. I'm sure they never eva eva make concessions for football players. This guy just has diarrhea of the mouth and clearly loves to throw stones a point fingers. The Catholic comment I don't really care about although it is offensive. Who cares if ND if difficult to deal with, don't deal with them and quitchabitchin. And to lump together 14 schools as " shameful" is ridiculous. Yes there have been shameful actions at many SEC schools as well as many schools in general around the nation in all conferences. Calling out the SEC is just his jealousy for the attention the conf gets in recent years.

It is a football factory but it doesn't have the biggest campus in the U.S. just to house football players. I just said he should shut up but again I don't disagree with a lot of what he said. He was chairman of the SEC for two years so it's not like it's me saying that. I'd be fine if he never said a public word again. It makes everyone associated with OSU look bad. But I think he said things that a lot of people think but don't have the stones to say.

June 1, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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.... This guy just has diarrhea of the mouth and clearly loves to throw stones a point fingers...

Agreed. But it's what you get now days with university chancellors now that CFB has become such a money sport.

10 years ago no one gave a flip what university chancellors had to say about athletics. And the chancellors didn't seem to be running their mouths either. If they attended an event they stayed in the shadows where they belonged now they're front and center anytime a microphone is on.

Today we have chancellors like Gordon Gee and Bowtie Lofton taking every opportunity to steal the spotlight from the student athletes. Smh.

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June 1, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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It is a football factory but it doesn't have the biggest campus in the U.S. just to house football players. I just said he should shut up but again I don't disagree with a lot of what he said. He was chairman of the SEC for two years so it's not like it's me saying that. I'd be fine if he never said a public word again. It makes everyone associated with OSU look bad. But I think he said things that a lot of people think but don't have the stones to say.

I have no issue with Tosu and think it's a fine school. I also think there are many schools in the SEC that can say the same thing.

June 1, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

For what it's worth I think the conference HAS gotten a little too much attention lately. I'm very impressed with Alabama's current run, LSU's continued strength, and Florida's strength especially during Meyer's stint. I'd rather the focus be on the players and the teams, not the conference. Just sayin ...

I don't disagree however that does not make the conf as a whole shameful.

June 1, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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It is a football factory but it doesn't have the biggest campus in the U.S. just to house football players. I just said he should shut up but again I don't disagree with a lot of what he said. He was chairman of the SEC for two years so it's not like it's me saying that. I'd be fine if he never said a public word again. It makes everyone associated with OSU look bad. But I think he said things that a lot of people think but don't have the stones to say.

Stones or not he's wrong.

June 1, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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Right because Tosu isn't a football factory. It's academics first there yep yep...

I'm not real familiar, but isn't OSU toward the bottom of academics in the b1g?

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June 1, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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pretty much. anyone offended by it needs to move along. the attempt at humor wasn't lost on the audience but if you are not part of the audience then you want to be offended because you hold some higher moral ground. Anyone really think the same types of commentary doesn't happen at the all the other athletic and conference meetings. Would bet it does. Who cares. We've lost our ability to laugh and find humor in things because everyone wants to be offended.

Good post.

I find it somewhat ironic that Steve Spurrier can poke and prod and use sarcasm in the media ... targeting others ... and many SEC fans think it's great yet they're so sensitive when someone else does it to them.

June 1, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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I'm not real familiar, but isn't OSU toward the bottom of academics in the b1g?

Yes...but still a good school hat one can get a high quality education at. I am of the opinion that's the case at lots of schools even ones that aren't lauded for their academic prowess. There are good professors at so many schools....also depends on what you want to study. Rankings of schools I think in many cases is pointless. Especially when the rankings are rolled up in to one big measure. For example, If you want to study forestry or fisheries biology then Oregon State is a great place to get a degree. But, they don't carry the same overall ranking as other schools. That doesn't mean that one doesn't get an excellent education there. I also think a lot of the quality of education, obviously, is a result of how much someone applies themselves. Just because someone goes to a school that US News says is "beter" doesn't mean that one leaves more educated than anywhere else. Just my opinion.

June 1, 2013  11:22 AM ET
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Good post.I find it somewhat ironic that Steve Spurrier can poke and prod and use sarcasm in the media ... targeting others ... and many SEC fans think it's great yet they're so sensitive when someone else does it to them.

I agree with you and believe me I won't lose any sleep over it and don't care if they fire him or not.

As for spurrier, I think he's a funny guy. It's like anything else people react differently whe criticism is from "one of your own".

I'm not a thin-skinned guy and don't care all that much but yeah it's annoying when people discount your education and throw insults based on jealousy of who gets the most attention in the sports media.

June 1, 2013  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I'm not real familiar, but isn't OSU toward the bottom of academics in the b1g?

This is what I found for academic ratings from 2012. It sucks to see Michigan so high but ugly smart girls have to go to college somewhere. Oh sorry, that was uncalled for.

12. Northwestern

29. Michigan

41. Wisconsin

46. Penn State

46. Illinois

56. Ohio State

65. Purdue

68. Minnesota

72. Michigan State

72. Iowa

83. Indiana

101. Nebraska

June 1, 2013  11:28 AM ET

According to the Academic Rankings of World Universities, tOSU Is the 65th highest ranked university in the world. Nine other B1G schools are ranked higher, with Indiana, MSU, Iowa and Nebraska ranked lower. Only Iowa Nd Nebraska failed to make the top 100.

June 1, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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This is what I found for academic ratings from 2012. It sucks to see Michigan so high but ugly smart girls have to go to college somewhere. Oh sorry, that was uncalled for. 12. Northwestern29. Michigan41. Wisconsin46. Penn State46. Illinois56. Ohio State65. Purdue68. Minnesota72. Michigan State72. Iowa83. Indiana101. Nebraska

Ninj'd

 
June 1, 2013  11:29 AM ET

Cant we all just get along ( Hoo Cars iph wee Kant Spel Oor Reed Wee Pla Phutbal Hahahahaha...) just ask tosu

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