The President of Ohio State University Gordon Gee is in some hot water after making what he called a bad joke. His insult was directed at Notre Dame and many think he crossed the line. Glenn had the story on radio this morning.
Glenn explained that Gee said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten conference because the their priests are not good partners. He joked that “you just can’t trust those damn Catholics”.
“The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week,” Gee said during a meeting with students and staff.
“You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that,” he said.
Gee also insulted the academic integrity of the SEC as well as the University of Louisville.
When discussing the story on radio, Stu felt that the comments needed to be put in more context and that while they may have crossed a line, it could have been done as part of the typical joking insults between sports rivals. Glenn, however, felt like it wasn’t an excuse.
“He’s a Morman. Would you take this? Because if Notre Dame would have said that about BYU, I would be pissed,” Glenn said.
Glenn suggested trying to bring Gee onto the show to talk about the remarks, which he thought were damaging to the effort to bring people of faith together based on shared principles.
“I find it reprehensible. After all of the work that we’ve all tried to do, all of us in all religions trying to bring our religions together, the last thing we need is somebody who says something like that,” Glenn said.