Big Ten responds to Gee's Notre Dame, SEC comments

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Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten released a statement Thursday regarding Ohio State president Gordon Gee’s comments about Notre Dame and the SEC. Read the statement in this post.

Here’s the entire statement:

“The remarks made by Ohio State University President Gordon Gee were inappropriate and in no way represent the opinions of the conference,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “We have great respect for the University of Notre Dame and the SEC, and we are proud of the rich, competitive history we share with each.”

Also, according to the release, Delany has personally communicated his regrets and apologies to both Notre Dame and the SEC.


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rick on 5/30/2013 @ 8:45pm EDT Said:

tressel should have fired him when he had the chance

pfitz2 on 5/30/2013 @ 8:47pm EDT Said:

Jim Delany works for and represents the Presidents of each member school in the BIG. He is their employee and as such should not be apologizing or speaking for President Gee. That is what is truly inappropriate in this situation.

Doug Masters on 5/30/2013 @ 9:35pm EDT Said:

Should have been Gee that made the apology to them, fire him maybe?

B.V. on 5/30/2013 @ 9:45pm EDT Said:

The 2013-14 athletic year cannot come here soon enough. These comments are from December, it’s almost June, meaning it’s a slow news day.

Jeremy Rieger on 5/30/2013 @ 10:10pm EDT Said:

Fire Gee, this isn’t the first time he has made these types of remarks and probably won’t be the last.

Jake on 5/30/2013 @ 10:38pm EDT Said:

Did Delany also communicate his regrets to Louisville?

WhatheBuck on 5/30/2013 @ 11:16pm EDT Said:

What part was untrue?

shookwriter27 on 5/30/2013 @ 11:22pm EDT Said:

You would think a man in his position would know to make statements like that. But the world is full of people who speak without thinking.

Ken Hickman on 5/30/2013 @ 11:35pm EDT Said:

Gee is an embarrassment to OSU and the Big Ten!

aroznowski on 5/31/2013 @ 12:28am EDT Said:

Gordon Gee’s comments about the SEC were great. The rest of his controversial comments were inappropriate and way out of bounds.

mark peshaba on 5/31/2013 @ 6:33am EDT Said:

His remarks were taken out of context.
He was trying to make a joke and yes it was a poor attempt. No harm was meant by it.
Get over it already.

Bob Brooks on 5/31/2013 @ 8:20am EDT Said:

OSU teams and obviously their president do not represent the views of the Big10, but free speech is a constitutional right. That said, Shut Up, you Nut!

jesse domro on 5/31/2013 @ 8:30am EDT Said:

Time for this bozo to go. Everytime he opens his mouth, he says something that makes OSU look bad. You’re the president of one the most popular/hated colleges in the country, you have to know every comment you make is going to be under a microscope.

gobluehadley on 5/31/2013 @ 10:04am EDT Said:

@ mark peshaba: ALL his so called ‘jokes’ were poor attempts at humor…remember his famous claiming ‘a great victory for osu’ when they tied mich. in ’93? What an idiot!! Like almost everyone has said on this board, he’s an embarrassment to himself, the univ. and the BIG1 and he needs to go back to vandy and embarrass them because he’s done his fair share of it here at ‘ohio’…I’m certainly glad he’s not our sch. president!!

Brian Reuwer on 5/31/2013 @ 11:08am EDT Said:

Why not have the Big Ten go and beat a couple more SEC teams and then we can tell them where to stick it.

Chalms on 5/31/2013 @ 11:45am EDT Said:

Gee is an idiot. It figures the Buckeyes have a clown like him for a president. Please don’t fire him. We need to keep the Buckeyes classless.

M.R.Sanders on 5/31/2013 @ 12:06pm EDT Said:

Probably making a joke.Slow news day for sports talk shows.Too much drama and not enough sport.

Jim C on 5/31/2013 @ 12:23pm EDT Said:

Enough ” PC “. Delaney had no reason to respond. This is a non- issue and BR should have ignored it. It must be a slow news day for BR.

CMoney on 5/31/2013 @ 12:30pm EDT Said:

Speaking the truth in love or jokingly is still truth.

Notre Dame is and will be an average team who thinks they better than everyone.

As for the SEC most of their players can’t spell SEC. All those ESPN homers who love the SEC explain why Les or Nick refuse to play Stanford or USC in game one. They refuse to take the challenge. Refuse to take the risk of eliminating their soft schedule.

They say the SEC top six teams are better than any other conference, really. Thank you President Gee for being truthful and honest.

JOE 28 on 5/31/2013 @ 12:35pm EDT Said:

Fire him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott on 5/31/2013 @ 1:42pm EDT Said:

Oh, and Frank Beckmann is likely to be fired by U-M over comments that were a LOT less inflammatory than, well, then just about anything Gee has ever said.

Take that for whatever it’s worth.

JC Riley on 5/31/2013 @ 2:00pm EDT Said:

I find it ironic that Gee would question another school’s academic standards when he hung his hat on Terelle Pryor and the like. Those who live in glass houses and all…..

Robb Mulberger on 5/31/2013 @ 2:19pm EDT Said:

Gee is an embarassment to OSU.. nothing new there.

Mickey Jordan on 5/31/2013 @ 2:47pm EDT Said:

If I were him I’d probably look for an excuse to explain why the big 10 plays inferior football to the SEC! More rust belt whining.

Bart F on 5/31/2013 @ 2:51pm EDT Said:

I say keep the guy around. He’s both classless and humorless and the perfect leader for all the Buckeye fans. If we fire him, will we have to dig up old Bob Ufer who once said on air, “Here we are in Buckeye Stadium, filled with 10,000 fans and 90,000 truck drivers.”? Note, I did not say the school is classless – just anyone tainted enough to be associated with it which means I’m sort of politically correct.

Kerry Ragsdale on 5/31/2013 @ 5:11pm EDT Said:

As an Ohio State alum…I find Gee’s comments flat out wrong. I get that he was joking, but they were stupid. His comments on the SEC, however were pretty good. Check out U.S. News and World Reports college rankings. 5 schools in the BIG 10 in the TOP 50 ranking and 10 in top 70 and all but Nebraska in top 100 ( Nebraska is 101)….NOT THE CASE WITH SEC…Duh…they are questioning our use of the BIG TEN name …’s called
T-R-A-D-I-T-I-O-N…..and by the way… check out where 6 of the SEC national championships coaches come from: Nick Saban and Urban Meyer….OHIO STATE…..
Les Miles….MICHIGAN…
Come to the Big Ten for smart guys to coach your teams. Go BIG TEN! GO BUCKS!

basebuck on 5/31/2013 @ 5:49pm EDT Said:

everyone is taking this too serious…he was talking to ohio state base and as such, thought his comments would remain within the walls. don’t be so naive and think that other schools don’t make jokes about their competing rivals!! this is the result of social media….gee will have to learn, he has no free speech anymore!!! sad isn’t it!!

Ronald Parks on 5/31/2013 @ 5:53pm EDT Said:

An OSU guy with a lack of personal control? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw! what a shock!

Jim Roquemore on 5/31/2013 @ 6:52pm EDT Said:

Just a question: Did Woody Hayes sock a Clemson player during a game? Rally smart!

Edward Jarvis on 5/31/2013 @ 7:27pm EDT Said:

Apologized to Notre Dame? How about Catholics? He defamed not just Notre Dame, but priests and Catholics in general. If he made the same remarks about a racial minority, or all racial minorities, OSU would have handed him his head on the way out the door. Anti-Catholicism is indeed America’s last permissible prejudice. I don’t think he was either joking or trying to be cute.

DR10001 on 5/31/2013 @ 8:07pm EDT Said:

#GordonGee. While his comments were regrettable, I find it Sad some of my fellow Catholics are so PC sensitive. We used to understand sarcastic humor about mackerel snappers Grow Up

kirk martin on 5/31/2013 @ 10:53pm EDT Said:

and guess where there coaching at SEC cause that where the big boys are and as for those 6 teams i doubt the big 10 can beat them the truth hurts and karma coming for gee

Tim Harb on 6/1/2013 @ 6:38am EDT Said:

Everyone is calling for blood in the water. These were basic jokes that most people make. I can’t tell you how many times you go somewhere and you hear a joke about a priest and an altar boy.

Dan Williams on 6/1/2013 @ 8:16am EDT Said:

People should lighten up. It was a joke…he was being joked around with and responded. Have Americans turned into a bunch of wussies? I think it was hilarious and I live in the south and am a fan of an SEC team. Stop taking things so personally. Unless you personally fit in to the satirical mold he cast. Then you should feel sorry for yourself because you can not understand what satire is. He is merely trying to build the same kind of culture of unity that the SEC schools have. An “us against them” kinda mentality that strengthens a conference. Kudos and don’t apologize for a joke or it means you weren’t joking. If people can’t take it, they are the ones with the problem.

Roy on 6/1/2013 @ 12:04pm EDT Said:

Although most fans are locked into judging a university by it’s football won-loss record, why does the institution exist? Did most fans forget about academics? How do the universities compare in education? Do you want your kid to go to a school that is the top football college, or would you want them to get the best education & have a good college experience? The rest of their lives will be dependent on that! I loved watching the Bucs win games, but more importantly I cherish my grad degree from OSU.

Ronald K Vogt on 6/1/2013 @ 12:21pm EDT Said:

Just because the Leadership at Notre Dame lack integrity and can not be trusted to keep their word doesn’t mean you malign the entire Catholic religion or their priests. The Notre Dame of today is not the Notre Dame of Ara Parseghian’s day.

Kerry Ragsdale on 6/1/2013 @ 2:42pm EDT Said:

And by the way…..Ara was Buckeye too!