Gordon Gee, former president at Vandy and West Virginia U, currently heads up (The) Ohio State University. He finds himself in some uncomfortably warm water these days, thanks to a recording of some comments he made at an OSU athletic council meeting. Notably, he made some unkind comments about the leadership at Notre Dame, adding that
“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[.]”
He also did some smack talking about other conferences (notably the SEC) and schools, (including the U of Louisville). ESPN informs us that the usual apologies have been offered, and that OSU has announced that Gee is “undergoing a ‘remediation plan’ because of the remarks.”
Doubtless the professionally outraged will do their usual carrying on, but honestly, that’s not even the most embarrassing recording I’ve heard this week. That honor goes to two-hit wonder Al Stewart (who has played gigs in Mondoville in the past.) A couple of days ago, I discovered an atrocity from his pre-“Year of the Cat” days, the title track to his 1969 album Love Chronicles. What could be more entertaining than an 18-minute opus on a Scottish singer/songwriter/suffering soul’s sexual awakening? How about that opus with extra bonus gratuitous guitar noodling from Jimmy Page? Of course, being devoted to you, my readers, I have to pass it along. A word of warning: Stewart deploys a participial F-bomb near the end, but you probably won’t make it anywhere near that far. Good luck.