Ohio State Statements

The Buckeye Athletics Department today released these statements regarding the impending retirement of OSU president E. Gordon Gee…

Gene Smith, Ohio State Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics

“I want to thank Gordon for what he has done for me as a person and for his contributions to higher education and in particular to The Ohio State University,” Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president and director of athletics, said. “I am appreciative for all his contributions as a president to intercollegiate athletics on a national level. I wish he and his family all the best.” 

Urban  Meyer, Ohio State Head Football Coach

“It is hard to put into words the respect and love I have for President Gee,” Urban Meyer, Ohio State head football coach, said. “His leadership brought me home to this great university and to this great state of Ohio. I will always be thankful and grateful to him for that. He has been a wonderful advocate for collegiate athletics and for The Ohio State University. It has been an honor to work for him. I wish him the best as he moves into retirement.”

Thad Matta, Ohio State Head Men’s Basketball Coach

“Dr. Gee has done so much for me personally and as a coach,” Thad Matta, Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, said. “He has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to help build our program. I have never met a person who loves this university more than Dr. Gee.”


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