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Ohio St. president Gordon Gee retires after Notre Dame comments

FILE - In this July 12 2007 file phoGordGee speaks during news conference after being named Ohio State University's 14th

FILE - In this July 12, 2007, file photo, Gordon Gee speaks during a news conference after being named Ohio State University's 14th president, Thursday, July 12, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. Gee is retiring as of July 1 following the revelation of recorded remarks in which he criticized Notre Dame, Roman Catholics and the Southeastern Conference, the university announced Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is downplaying the impact of joking remarks he made about Roman Catholics and Notre Dame on his decision to retire next month.

The 69-year-old Gee cited his age, major upcoming planning changes at the university, his desire not to lose the university provost to another job along with the remarks as he explained why he is leaving.

Gee acknowledges he is facing what he calls headwinds.

Gee calls himself a “quirky” person who decided it was best to leave quickly.

Ohio State trustee chairman Robert Schottenstein says Gee’s decision is not about a letter trustees sent him in March ordering him to watch his public remarks or about any dwindling support on the board.

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