Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Couple of points. What Gee said was behind "closed doors." It could have been a booster meeting or whatever. But it wasn't something the general public was invited too. Granted as a head of a major university you need to be careful with what you say at all times. In essence it was more of a "weekend card game atmosphere" than a public speaking engagement. Taking pot shots at rivals in a fundraising event is going to get a reaction.
What he said about Louisville and UC were pretty much status quo with everyone's thinking. It was well documented that UC has more to offer from and educational stand point to the ACC but they chose Louisville because of their athletic facilities. What he said about not wanting UC in he B1G I have no problem with. You want the 2nd or 3rd largest city in your state to funnel the best to your university.
It might have been behind closed doors, but it was unquestionably an event that he attended in his official capacity. Not at all like a card game. This wasn't simply amongst friends and family on a weekend. Additionally, as Chip mentioned, he's one of the highest profile presidents around. That alone should put him on notice that anything he says is fair game.