Ohio State President Gordon Gee To Retire In The Wake Of Controversy

Ohio State President Gordon Gee To Retire In The Wake Of ControversyOhio State president E. Gordon Gee announced on Tuesday afternoon that he plans to retire from his post, a move that will go into effect on July 1.

‘Wrong side of the microphone’

Gee’s retirement announcement comes on the heels of a scandal, per ESPN.com, regarding comments he made about the University of Notre Dame and the Southeastern Conference at the school’s Athletic Council last December.

Gee has been a source of controversy for Ohio State for quite some time. In addition to his comments about Notre Dame, the SEC and the pitfalls of what the Irish in the Big Ten would mean for the conference, Gee has been on the wrong side of the microphone about his state’s governor and comparing the coordination of Ohio State’s division to the Polish Army (via ESPN).

‘Off-the-wall statements’

He also took to defense of his football team’s non-conference schedule in 2010, taking issue with the resumes that non-BCS schools (at the time) TCU and Boise State had going into bowl season (via this ESPN report). Gee noted that Ohio State’s schedule was challenging and used the now-infamous phrase, “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

Always apologetic following his off-the-wall statements, Gee’s favor with university officials steadily ran out over the course of his tenure with the Buckeyes. His latest gaffe proved to be his undoing and will likely be the long-lasting memory associated with his time at Ohio State.

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Source: Ethan Grant, Bleacher Report

Image: Cleveland.com

Afghanistan Wants U.S. Special Forces To Leave Province

Afghanistan Wants U.S. Special Forces To Leave ProvinceAfghanistan’s president ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans.

‘Bloody reminder’

Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan’s intelligence agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in the heart of Kabul and outlying areas in a bloody reminder of the insurgency’s reach nearly 12 years into the war.

Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said the decision to order the American special forces to leave Wardak province was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are considered linked to the U.S. special forces. He said all special forces operations were to cease immediately in the restive province next to Kabul, which is viewed as a gateway to the capital and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts in recent years.

‘Murdering innocent people’

The Taliban have staged numerous attacks against U.S.-led coalition forces in the province. In August 2011, insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 American troops, mostly elite Navy SEALs, in Wardak. The crash was the single deadliest loss for U.S. forces in the war. Afghan forces have taken the lead in many such special operations, especially so-called night raids.

A statement the security council issued in English said the armed individuals have allegedly been “harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people.” Ceasing all such operations could have a negative impact on the coalition’s campaign to go after Taliban leaders and commanders, who are usually the target of such operations.

The brazen assaults, which occurred within a three-hour timespan, were the latest to strike Afghan forces, who have suffered higher casualties this year as U.S. and other foreign troops gradually take a back seat and shift responsibility for security to the government.

Do you think making the U.S. special forces leave Wardak is a good idea? Feel free to discuss the possible outcomes of this situation!

Source: Patrick Quinn, Associated Press, Yahoo News

Image: USA Today