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Gee comments on Bielema: "Alvarez thought he was a thug"


COLUMBUS (WKOW) -- Ohio State University president Gordon Gee is under fire this week for controversial comments he made about Notre Dame and the SEC, but it appears his remarks weren't just limited to those two parties. Gee had some thoughts on Bret Bielema's departure from Wisconsin, which were made public by Sports Illustraded on Friday.

"Someone was saying to me, well, you know, Bret Bielema leaving, that was a blessing for Wisconsin and they knew it," Gee said. "Because he was under tremendous pressure. They didn't like him. Barry Alvarez thought he was a thug. And he left just ahead of the sheriff."

Gee made these comments back on Dec. 5 during a meeting with Ohio State's Athletic Counsil.

Barry Alvarez released a statement of his own Friday regarding Gee's remarks:

"Gordon Gee called me to apologize last week regarding comments he knew would be made public," Alvarez said. "I have never said that about Bret, nor had those feelings towards him. I accepted Gordon's apology and consider the matter closed."

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