I'll tell you what! Gordo is one of the brightest, wittiest, passionate humans
you'll ever be lucky enough to meet. And on top of that, he's a Boy Scout, is
always honest and caring and truthful. He's a miracle among pompous elitists.
Have you any idea what complexities are involved in presiding over Ohio State
right now? He meant no offense other than to riba aa
Would be nice if Dr. Gee would see fit to also apologize to Boise State, TCU,
etc. His mighty OSU Buckeyes barely squeaked by "little sister of the
poor" Toledo in the Buckeye's home horseshoe Saturday. By comparison, it
will be interesting to see how another little sister (Boise State) does against
the same Toledo this Friday night in Toledo's home stadium. At best this will
be a surrogate comparison since Dr. Gee's school hasn't seen fit to directly
risk challenging Boise (or TCU) on the field of play.
Gordon Gee spoke at my law school graduation when he was president of Vanderbilt
and I spoke at length with him earlier this year at an event in Hong Kong. He
greeted me with genuine kindness, went out of his way to walk me around the room
introducing me to others in my field and showed sincere interest in my mission,
my family and my work. He treated everyone in the room this way. I find him
incredibly inspiring, kind, visionary and a force for good. I am proud to be
associated with him and am deeply disappointed in the media's ruthless
demonization of him and what he stands for. Please do read the piece TIME wrote
on him last year as it does a much better job of portraying the Gordon Gee that
I have met and followed than the version advanced by so-called
"journalists" SI and ESPN.
There are certain commenters who are simply addicted to demonization, and they
hate it when anyone comes on the boards and actually has something positive to
say about someone. Happens with Gee. Happens with Harry Reid. Goodness knows it
happens with Obama.Some people just can't stand it when somebody
comes in and rains some sunshine on their hate parade.
Re: GoodGuyGaryYou forgot to mention that Gee was a professor and
associate dean at BYU.
Dittos to Red Hat. Who cares what rb scott thinks and who cares what time
magazine has to say about anything, especially who is or is not the best college
president. I would take sports illustrated with as much creditability on that
subject as time. I wasn't even aware that time was still being published.And as for rb scott and his credentials, I didn't think life was still in
business, and wouldn't tell anyone that I had worked for the deseret news.
I'm a member and an Ohio State grad, so take all of this with a grain of salt,
but Dr.Gee has been excellent for our university, football indiscretions not
withstanding. His two tOSU administrations have been instrumental in guiding new
research grants, our rise in the US News Reports rankings (it's a higher ranked
school than BYU), tightening of student academic standards, and ambitious
construction projects. He's helped transform Ohio State from the biggest
community college into a leading research powerhouse.AD Smith will
likely be fired, but there is no evidence that Gee covered anything up. Gee's a
funny, extroverted guy, and sometimes he says stupid things, but kudos to him
for trying to make things right. What, were you expecting sackcloth and ashes?
Gee was also generous with his time with our singles ward at Ohio
State, which I appreciated. He's a good dude.
He should not have opened his mouth and said something very critical in the
first place. Funny, funny mormon culture that praises him for being just a
mormon who..... Enough with the "celeb" worship in mormon culture---
just because your name is known and you happen to be mormon does not make you a
role model or righteous---enough already!
From OSU website "Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University
of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D degrees
from Columbia University." That explains everything....
Gee is LDS? You mean Harry Reid isn't the only LDS person in the spot light
that I need to be ashamed to share a religion with?
I typed "condemnation," but the M got left out.
Isaiah condemns those who make a man an offender for a word, and Nephi
reiterates that condenation.See Isaiah 29:21 and 2 Nephi 27:32.
Some of you commenters need to take a chill pill and calm down. Remember
"let him who is without sin cast the first stone."
While BYU has unique standards that would disqualify most current college
presidents, it should be noted that Gee was rated by TIME magazine as one of the
best college presidents in America. If Red Hat used his real name, perhaps we'd
understand better why he has such antipathy for Mr. Gee. Perhaps it's something
personal. Incidentally, I haven't seen or spoken to Gee since he was a student
leader at the U. Wait, I may have seen him once in Manhattan when he was a law
student at Columbia and I was writing for TIME.
Gordon Gee grew up here in Vernal, Utah. And graduated from Uintah High School
rb scott seems incensed that Gee is being criticized- surely mr scott knows that
where there is smoke there is fire. what gee knew and when he knew it concerning
the athletic scandal at osu is surely to come out. as scott knows, truth
prevails though often it takes awhile.the osu scandal story is not
over- in the mean time we have pretty solid evidence of gee's character flaw in
his comment about the little sisters of the poor-truth in lending requires me to
indicate i am rc and know how rc's are often the butt of many "loose
remarks".bottom line for mr scott- hold your fire, the kitchen
is full of smoke at osu- we just don't know who started the fire-but we will!just saying!
Redhat implies there is evidence, but then suggests leaving judgments to God.
You can't have it both ways, friend. If you have evidence, post it. If you
don't, please close your mouth and leave it to God. Neither you nor BYU are
Previous comments in favor of Gee provide a laundry list of credentials and
'good works' by him. Unfortunately those have nothing to do with his integrity
and honesty at the deepest personal level. i will leave to God to judge that
aspect of Gee, but current evidence indicates he would not be a good fit to be
president (or even athletic director ) at BYU, even though the current major
scandal in athletics at ohio state university may result in Gee being unemployed
More from RB Scott of Boston:After West Virginia's law school, Gee
served his first stint as president at Ohio State, followed by term as president
at Brown University in the Ivy League, then Vanderbilt, then OSU again. At
Vanderbilt he was an outstanding national leader in the effort to create better
balance between athletics and academics. As president of OSU, it is job to
defend the BCS system as it pays financial benefits to schools like OSU. This
is exactly what was behind Utah President Michael Youngs determination to get
Utah into the PAC-10 (now 12). It is a shame the PAC-10 did not take BYU as
well. Get over it.Ronald B ScottBoston, MA.Former
sports editor of Life, People, and The Deseret News
His ignorant comment is funny in light of the fact that Ohio State played
powerhouse Akron last weak and plays the mighty Toledo today.
Gee is a disgrace to college athletics, mormon or not. He's a hypocrite in the
truest form. I'm always appalled by those who stick their foot in their mouth,
make a 180, then receive praise for it. How is this praiseworthy? A
millionaire university president donating $1000? It's a drop in the bucket! If
you want to make real amends for your foolish comments, Gee, donate $100,000 and
don't let the media know about it!
Oh Wow, Ohio State's president is a Mormon? I was shocked when I heard the
"Little Sisters of the Poor" comment but now I'm even more shocked
that he's a fellow Mormon. I'm glad he realized how dumb his comment was and is
making an effort to turn it into a positive. Great turn around.But
I still wonder how much he knew about what went on in his athletic program
Don't defend Gee just because he is a Mormon. He not only said an arrogant,
offensive comment about two good programs, but he is one of the leaders in
trying to keep schools from crashing the BCS party. Instead of settling the
issue on the field, he is engaged in antitrust actions. He is a cheerleader for
making a mockery of the concept of student-athletes. In my book, he is a
despicable person and does not need to patted on the back because he made a
small contribution to a religious order. It only a small token in comparison
with the other harm he is doing to college athletics. What's with the attitude
that if a person is Mormon, he is a great guy. It isn't always so.