Well, we won’t have E. Gordon Gee to kick around anymore.
The Ohio State president — he of the famous inability to keep his foot away from his mouth, particularly when it comes to talking about football topics — will retire from the university on July 1. Gee’s recent high-profile controversy, involving jabs he made at the SEC, Notre Dame, Bret Bielema and others last December, clearly hastened the departure for the 69-year-old Gee. He spent much of the past week apologizing to various parties for the remarks, which first came to light last Thursday.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio State trustees “met in private on Jan. 31 and March 8 to discuss a remediation plan that directs Gee to scale back on his public speeches.” Trustees expressed embarrassment over Gee’s most recent public gaffes, in which he offended Catholics, joked that SEC partisans were illiterate and called Bielema a “thug.”
Gee has been Ohio State’s president since 2007 and also served in that role from 1990 to 1997. Former OSU provost Joseph A. Alutto will be interim president until a successor can be found, according to the Dispatch.
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