Notre Dame Football: Jim Delany

Gee dishes on ND, Catholics

May, 30, 2013

I go out for a quick lunch break … and what's this? Gordon Gee has been caught sticking his foot in his mouth again?

It had been a while since Ohio State's president had been in the college football headlines. But he had never really endeared himself to Notre Dame fans quite like he did on Thursday.

The Associated Press reports that Gee took shots at the Irish (and Catholics), along with others, at a December meeting of the school's athletic council.
"The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they're holy hell on the rest of the week," Gee said to laughter at the Dec. 5 meeting attended by Athletic Director Gene Smith and several other athletic department members, along with professors and students.

"You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that," said Gee, a Mormon.

But wait, there's more
In the recording, Gee referred specifically to dealing with the Rev. Ned Joyce, Notre Dame's longtime chief financial officer, who died in 2004.

"Father Joyce was one of those people who ran the university for many, many years," Gee said.

Gee said the Atlantic Coast Conference added Notre Dame at a time when it was feeling vulnerable.

"Notre Dame wanted to have its cake and eat it, too," Gee said, according to the recording and a copy of the meeting's minutes.

The report states that the audio, obtained under a public records request, revealed laughter to the remarks but no rebukes.

Notre Dame need not feel too bad, however, as the outspoken Gee saved some shots for the SEC, Louisville and even Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

Gee already apologized in a statement to the AP, and Ohio State said he is undergoing a "remediation plan" because of more remarks by a bow tie-wearing president who just can't resist making cracks every now and then.

As colleague Brian Bennett said, anyone seriously offended by Gee's latest act needs thicker skin and a sense of humor. Gee was speaking to a crowd of peers at Ohio State.

Still, you wonder when the charade will end for a trusted leader of one of the nation's biggest schools.

Brian Kelly radio show recap

October, 27, 2011
Brian Kelly had only one wish two days after his 50th birthday.

"The plan is to make it as the head coach until 55," he joked on his weekly radio show.

How the college sports landscape looks by then is anyone's guess. Kelly fielded questions about the pros and cons of independence Thursday at Legends of Notre Dame. And on the same day Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said his conference was having no expansion discussions, Kelly touted the advantages of the Irish's independence, namely in their ability to recruit nationally.

"We don't run into Michigan in Brooklyn, N.Y. We don't see Ohio State on the West Coast," Kelly said.

Kelly also revealed another personnel nugget during the show, saying freshman kick returner George Atkinson III would see some time at running back Saturday against visiting Navy.

Notes: Earlier with reporters, Kelly said defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore underwent successful surgery Thursday on his medial collateral ligament. ... Kelly said defensive Ethan Johnson was favoring his sprained right ankle in practice but was hopeful that the adrenaline of game day would allow him to play Saturday. ... Asked about his team having to overcome adversity, Kelly said: “I think last year’s team overcame adversity. This year’s team needs to overcome itself. They gotta play better consistently. Adversity to me is a bigger picture. We had adversity last year. This year our guys need to just play better football.”


Official Visit: Imminent ESPN 300 Decisions
Recruiting reporters Erik McKinney, Damon Sayles, Derek Tyson and Tom VanHaaren join ESPN's Phil Murphy to discuss some upcoming decisions for ESPN 300 recruits and a pair of five-star prospects who recently postponed their commitment date.