OSU athletics official react to Gee’s retirement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University athletics officials are reacting to President Gordon Gee’s retirement announcement.

OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith, in a statement, thanked Gee “for what he has done for me as a person and for his contributions to higher education and in particular The Ohio State University.”

Football coach Urban Meyer said “it is hard to put into words the respect and love I have for President Gee.” Meyer’s statement said Gee’s “leadership brought me home to this great university and to this great state of Ohio.”

Basketball coach Thad Matta said Gee “has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to help build our program.”

The 69-year-old Gee announced his retirement Tuesday after his latest remarks jabbing Roman Catholics and the University of Notre Dame became public.

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