You know, I was just checking my watch the other day and thinking, "Hmm ... isn't it about time for E. Gordon Gee to say something stupid?"
Luckily, the Bow Tie does not disappoint, even if we do have to go back and search for some more crazy comments.
The Associated Press reports that the Ohio State president made cracks at the expense of Notre Dame, Catholics, the SEC, a bordering state and Jim Delany during a December meeting of the school's athletic council. Here are the highlights:
On Notre Dame: "The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they're holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that."
On SEC fans questioning the Big Ten's name because it has 14 members: "You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing."
On the academic integrity of the Big Ten: "So you won't see us adding Louisville. Or Kentucky."
On Delany: "No one admires Jim Delany more than I do. I chaired the committee that brought him here. Jim is very aggressive, and we need to make certain he keeps his hands out of our pockets while we support him."
That's gold, Jerry! Gold!
According to the AP, the comments were made at a Dec. 5 meeting attended by Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith and other athletic department members, plus some professors and students.
"Gee's comments drew laughter, at times loud, occasionally nervous, but no rebukes, according to the audio," the story says.
Gee already has issued an apology.
"The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for," he said. "They were a poor attempt at humor and entirely inappropriate."
For sure, Gee was trying to be funny and was speaking to a crowd made up of Ohio State people. Anyone who is seriously offended by his jabs needs to develop much thicker skin and a sense of humor.
But Gee still hasn't learned that when the leader of one of the largest universities in the country says something dumb -- whether it's about the "Little Sisters of the Poor" or hoping Jim Tressel didn't fire him -- that makes news. And it makes him and Ohio State look bad. While I despise political correctness and appreciate attempts at levity, Gee just doesn't know when to stop. For a guy who's obviously brilliant in other areas, it's hard to believe his lack of savvy.
At least he keeps giving us material to work with.