Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Gee whiz, will the choir retire with the preacher?
by Joe Medley
Jun 04, 2013 | 4687 views |  0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This writer from SEC country just read news of Ohio State president Gordon Gee’s retirement and thought to write a response.

We do read and write around here, and we count. The number 14 does not equal 10, as in Big Ten. Just sayin’.

That’s kind of like Texas A&M and Missouri not equaling the “E” in S-E-C and Missouri not equaling the “S.” Indeed, today’s money-sucking world of major college athletics belches head-scratchers. That’s why a brand name like “Big Ten” survives conference expansion, but I digress.

The recent controversy over Gee’s December remarks about the SEC, Catholics and more at a meeting of the Ohio State Athletics Council is another case of ivory tower-meets-real world via rubber chicken.

Gee, ever the fund-raiser, served red meat, likely hoping that chortles translated into checks. It got out of the room and into the context-bending public realm, giving folks down here and elsewhere a candid picture of what folks up there think.

The real controversy is not that Gee said it. It's that he had reason to believe that room wanted to hear it.

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