Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Ohio State's Gee to Bret Bielema: 'Get a life'
By Brian Bennett
Whenever Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee opens his mouth about the subject of sports, something interesting/funny/embarrassing is almost sure to spill out.
Gee has become infamous for his comments about "Little Sisters of the Poor" and hoping Jim Tressel didn't fire him, among others. Now, he's yapping again in response to some criticism by Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema over new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's recruiting methods.
As you'll recall, Bielema used the word "illegal" last week while complaining about some of Meyer's recruiting tactics, though he failed to get specific on what exactly upset him.
While cooler heads seem to prevail on that topic late last week after a Big Ten coaches' meeting where Meyer and Bielema reportedly talked, Gee threw some more logs on the fire while meeting with the editorial board of the Ohio State student newspaper, The Lantern.
"We hired the best coach and we went out and got the best kids so get a life," Gee told the paper.
Gee also called the NCAA investigation into Jim Tressel and the football program last year his "year-long colonoscopy."
Bielema caused problems by making comments without a lot of information behind them, so perhaps Gee was in the right to respond. Still, every time I see another one of these Gee quotes, I am reminded of Brian Fantana's advice to Champ Kind in "Anchorman:"
"Take it easy, Champ. Why don’t you stop talking for a while?"