Ohio State President Gordon Gee Takes Shots At Notre Dame, Catholics, SEC And Louisville

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Hasn't been the best of weeks for the Big Ten's Leaders. Or Legends. I can never keep these straight.

THE Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee has come under fire for derogatory comments made against several universities, an entire athletics conference and Catholics. The school's president said Notre Dame was never invited to the Big Ten because the university's priests were not good partners.

"The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they're holy hell on the rest of the week," Gee said to laughter at the Dec. 5 meeting attended by Athletic Director Gene Smith and several other athletic department members, along with professors and students.

"You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that," said Gee, a Mormon.

Gee also went on to slam the ACC's newest member, the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky and hell, the entire Southeastern Conference for good measure.

The top goal of Big Ten presidents is to "make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity," Gee said. "So you won't see us adding Louisville," a member of the Big East conference that is also joining the ACC.

After a pause followed by laughter from the audience, Gee added that the Big Ten wouldn't add the University of Kentucky, either.

[snip]

"You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing," Gee said, when asked by a questioner how to respond to SEC fans who say the Big Ten can't count because it now has 14 members.

After proceeding to troll Louisville and Kentucky, the Big Ten instead adds Maryland and Rutgers. You're doing it wrong.

The most incredible part of the story is that Gee earns about $1.9 million a year in base pay, deferred and performance compensation and retirement benefits to be the nation's most prolific college football troll. Most people do this for free.

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