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OSU President Gee History of Gaffes

COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan/Ken Hines) -- Retiring OSU President Gordon Gee was known for being colorful, charismatic, and controversial long before the recent comments about Catholics that preceded his decision to step down.

Gee has generated millions for the university during his time at OSU -- including $100 million donated in 2011 by Les Wexner of the Limited Foundation.

But Gee may be as well-known for his verbal gaffes as his job performance.

In 2011, while former Buckeye Head Football Coach Jim Tressel was under fire for what came to be known as "Tattoo-Gate", Gee was asked if he might fire Tressel.

"I'm just hopeful the coach doesn't dismiss me," Gee said.

Gee talked to ABC 6/FOX 28's Carol Luper about the Tressel comment, saying it wasn't one of his proudest days.

"It was not a good moment for me," he said. "You know me very well. I have this self-deprecating humor -- it serves me well most of the time -- sometimes it bites me in ways I don't even realize."

Gee has a history of mocking other universities, once saying the Buckeyes didn't play smaller football programs, calling them "The Little Sisters of the Poor."

He was later forgiven by a group of nuns.
 
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