Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee announced today that he will retire from his position. Gee served as president of the university from 1990 to 1998 and again since 2007.
"It's time to move on," Gee said in a statement. "I've spent 14 years here. No one knows more about Ohio State than I do. I have 14 years worth of jokes and I'm ready to tell them."
Gee's last day at the helm of Ohio State will be July 1st. He has a comedy show scheduled for July 2nd on the campus of the University of Michigan and another at Penn State on July 3rd before heading out on a two-week tour through SEC. All shows are already sold out.
Gee got into trouble in recent weeks when comments he made at an Ohio State event about Bret Bielema, Notre Dame, Louisville and the SEC were made public.
"As easy as it was to make fun of those people, making fun of Ohio State will be ten times easier," said Gee. "Trust me. I've been amongst them for years. They honestly consider themselves to be a rigorous academic institution and on the same level as the top SEC teams at football. It's hilarious. I've got unlimited material."
Gee said that if he has one regret from his time in Columbus, it's not retiring sooner.
"I'm 69 years-old. It's a little late to start a stand-up career," he said. "I could have been a famous comedian by now. People love laughing at Ohio State. It's why BCS bowl ratings are so high."