13 Groups to Disparage, Inspired by Gordon Gee's Resignation

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OSU president Gordon Gee has announced his resignation in the fallout of comments he made back in December about Roman Catholics. Say whaaa? He made a pretty funny joke, I thought.

"The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell the rest of the week,” the AP quoted Gee saying at a meeting of the Ohio State athletic council on December 5. He was referring to priests at Notre Dame who evidently made negotiations difficult when discussing the University's potential entry to the Big Ten Conference. "You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday."

Gee later apologized and called the remarks a "poor attempt at humor." Now, he's officially stepping down. After presiding over the Buckeyes since 2007, he'll be out of the captain's chair July 1. (Gee also was OSU president from 1990-1997).

So here's the thing: Given Gee's extensive gaffe track record, this is a bizarre and sort of low-watt exit, isn't it? Or do the Catholic remarks strike some folks as less tame than they strike me (i.e. extremely tame)?

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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