OSU President Issues Statement Regarding Controversy Over Remarks

UPDATED: Sunday June 2, 2013 11:33 PM

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee issued a statement Sunday evening in regard remarks he made in December 2012.

A recording obtained by The Associated Press from an event included controversial comments by Gee about Notre Dame, Catholics, the Southeastern Conference, and former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema. 

Gee's statement read:

"This morning, I apologized to the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors for hurtful remarks I made last December in a misguided attempt at humor. I am grateful to my colleagues and to the Big Ten Conference leadership for accepting my apology.  The Big Ten universities are some of this country's most highly accomplished research institutions, working together to solve some of the world's most vexing problems and educating young people for global leadership. It is my honor to lead a Big Ten member university.

"I was especially glad for the opportunity to reaffirm my respect and admiration for the University of Wisconsin. It is important to note that my related comments about Coach Bret Bielema--now at the University of Arkansas--were entirely unfounded, inaccurate, and unfair. Without question, Coach Bielema is a remarkably successful professional.  I called him yesterday, and he was most gracious. I am reasserting my apology with this statement."

In a March 11 letter, Ohio State's board of trustees outlined corrective steps of action it directed Gee to take after making the controversial statements.

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