Gee said Big Ten presidents would never agree to admit Louisville or Kentucky.
--UPDATE-- COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is downplaying the impact of joking remarks he made about Roman Catholics and Notre Dame on his decision to retire next month. He said Big Ten presidents would never agree to admit Louisville or Kentucky.
The 69-year-old Gee cited his age, major upcoming planning changes at the university, and his desire not to lose the university provost to another job, along with the remarks, as he explained why he is leaving.
Gee acknowledges he is facing what he calls headwinds.
Gee calls himself a "quirky" person who decided it was best to leave quickly.
Ohio State trustee chairman Robert Schottenstein says Gee's decision is not about a letter trustees sent him in March, ordering him to watch his public remarks, or about any dwindling support on the board.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is retiring following the revelation of recorded remarks in which he criticized Notre Dame, Roman Catholics, and the Southeastern Conference.
The university announced Tuesday that Gee is retiring as of July 1.
Gee made the joking remarks to the university's Athletic Council in December, during an update on Big Ten expansion. The recorded comments were obtained by The Associated Press, which published a story about them last week.
Gee also questioned the academic integrity of schools in the Southeastern Conference and the University of Louisville. He said Big Ten presidents would never agree to admit Louisville or Kentucky.
Trustees had called Gee's remarks unacceptable and placed him on a remediation plan after learning of the comments earlier this year.
Gee has been a successful college president but also prone to verbal gaffes, once calling Ohio's governor a "dummy" and likening the job of running a university to the Polish Army.