Why he was fired isn’t why he should have been sent packing long ago.
This post went up at Watchdog.org with minor edits a short time ago.
Last week, an audio recording of Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee exposed him opening his gaffe-prone mouth several times too many in just one appearance.
At a meeting of OSU’s Athletic Council six months ago, Gee fired off smears in rapid succession at Catholics (“You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or Friday”); Kentucky’s two largest universities (they aren’t “institutions of like-minded academic integrity”); the University of Cincinnati (“They’d have to take [OSU Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] out and shoot him to let Cincinnati into the Big Ten“); Wisconsin’s former football coach (“he left just ahead of the sheriff”); and finally, the Southeastern Conference, and really the South in general (they need to “learn to read and write”).
Despite self-evident self-serving denials, this final episode, following several years of similar though more spread-out missteps committed by a man who of all people should know that every word you say matters, is what led Gee several days later to retire as the school’s president.
Gee’s retirement is effective at the end of this month. But like a bad penny, he will reportedly hang around, “probably as a law professor and definitely to raise money for the university.”
Gee should have been dismissed long ago for three more substantive reasons: his overwhelming sense of self-entitlement, his obliviousness to the consequences of his actions, and his failure to reform OSU as he said he would.