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College notebook: Ohio State president takes shots at ND, Catholics

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Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 5:24 p.m.

The president of Ohio State University said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten because the university's priests are not good partners, joking that “those damn Catholics” can't be trusted, according to a recording of a meeting he attended late last year.

Gordon Gee also took shots at schools in the SEC and the University of Louisville, according to the recording of the meeting of the school's Athletic Council.

The university called the statements inappropriate and said Gee is undergoing a “remediation plan” because of the remarks.

“The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for,” Gee said in a statement. “They were a poor attempt at humor and entirely inappropriate. There is no excuse for this and I am deeply sorry.”

Gee told members of the council that he negotiated with Notre Dame officials during his first term at Ohio State, which began more than two decades ago.

“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.

The Big Ten had for years courted Notre Dame, but the school sought to retain its independent status in college football. In September, the school announced that it would join the ACC in all sports except football. It also agreed to play five football games each year against ACC teams.

Gee contacted Notre Dame's president, the Rev. John Jenkins, to offer an apology that was accepted, Irish spokesman Dennis Brown said Thursday in an email.

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