Nate Woelfel

Ohio State President Attacked Notre Dame, SEC

Created on May. 30, 2013 8:51 AM EST

When Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee spoke to the university’s athletic counsel during a meeting last December, he took the opportunity to take sneak in a few offhand remarks about Notre Dame as well as the Southeastern Athletic Conference.

According to records of the meeting obtained by the Associated Press, Gee stated that Notre Dame, a long sought after option in Big Ten expansion wasn’t invited to join the conference because catholic couldn’t be trusted.

“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’s ill-fated jousts also addressed those who poked fun at the fact that the Big Ten is soon to have 14 teams.

“You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing,” he reportedly said, according to meeting records.

Gee, who is in his second term as the school’s president, has since apologized in a statement released to the AP.

Part of the apology reads: “The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for. They were a poor attempt at humor and entirely inappropriate.” 

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