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Loose lips

So now I know what the cushiest deal in America is: College president.

Apparently you can you say any damn thing and still keep your job.

This after Gordon Gee, the Barney Fife of college presidents, put Ohio State on the map for all the wrong reasons again. Comments about Notre Dame and the SEC he made in December came to light this week, the highlights of which included his rant about the "damned Catholics" and how "the fathers are holy on Sunday and holy hell the rest of the week."

OK, to begin with: This is old business. Anti-Catholic bigots have been trotting out these ancient chestnuts for decades. So on top of being stupid and un-funny, they're not even original.

They're also par for the course for Gee, an allegedly bright man given to making statements that make you wonder if those bow ties he favors have cut off the oxygen to his brain. Which means the real embarrassment in all of this is not that Gee said what he said, but that Ohio State's board of trustees hasn't shown himt the door.

Instead, they've put him on a "remediation plan," whatever that is. Gee must follow its guidelines or risk losing his job.

Risk losing his job?

If the OSU board had any spine at all, that ship would have sailed a long time ago. And it certainly should have this time.

Remediation plan. Good God.

Ben Smith's blog.