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Ohio State University President Apologizes for Attacking Catholics and Notre Dame

Ohio State University President Gorden Gee, who is Mormon, has apologized for offensive remarks he made about the University of Notre Dame and Catholics, reports the Associated Press.

During a meeting of Ohio State's athletics council held late last year, Gee reportedly ridiculed Catholics -- and in particular Notre Dame CFO Fr. Ned Joyce, who died in 2004 -- while explaining why Notre Dame was not invited to join the Big Ten.

"The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they're holy hell on the rest of the week," said Gee, according to the AP. "You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that."

In a statement, Gee apologized: "The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the [Ohio State] University stands for."

Notre Dame also released a statement: "We find the remarks most regrettable, particularly regarding Father Joyce, who served Notre Dame and collegiate athletics so well and for so long. President Gee has contacted Father Jenkins to offer an apology that he has accepted."

Ohio State University learned of the remarks in January and has created a remediation plan to address Gee's behavior, which includes prior remarks about Catholics. In November 2010, he derided other football teams as being on par with the "Little Sisters of the Poor."

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