Even if he was joking, remarking that you "can't trust those damn Catholics" and wondering if SEC students can read is not a good look for a college president – and it wasn't the first time some off-the-cuff remarks got him in some trouble. After many apologies, and canceling a commencement speech at a local Catholic high school, Gee announced he would retire on July 1.
It's probably not the fitting finish the 69-year-old Gee, also famous for his large collection of bow ties, had in mind.
“Without question, the university has achieved remarkable success, and it has been my honor and calling to lead it,” Gee said in an email to students, faculty and staff, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “Ohio State is well-positioned for the future. I love this university, and my relationship with it will continue.”
The Dispatch story doesn't say if Gee was pressured to retire after the comments. In the news release, Gee said he came to the decision after a family vacation.
"During my days away, I also spent some time in self-reflection. And after much deliberation, I have decided it is now time for me to turn over the reins of leadership to allow the seeds that we have planted to grow. It is also time for me to re-energize and refocus myself," Gee said.
And if nothing else, this news resulted in the tweet of the day, from exiled Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett:
@jimtressel5 for OSU President??
— Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) June 4, 2013
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