Notre Dame Football: Ned Joyce

Gee dishes on ND, Catholics

May, 30, 2013
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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.

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