On Thursday, the bow-tied boss came under scrutiny after the Associated Press released audio recordings of him ripping Catholics, Notre Dame, Louisville, and the SEC in an athletic council meeting last year. Gee apologized for his comments and apologized to Notre Dame.
On Friday, Gee apologized to Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema for saying Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez “thought he was a thug.”
“Someone was saying to me, well, you know, Bret Bielema leaving … that was a blessing for Wisconsin and they knew it. Because he was under tremendous pressure. They didn’t like him. Barry Alvarez thought he was a thug. And he left just ahead of the sheriff,” Gee said, per a recording obtained by Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples.
Late on Friday, Bielema, who is preparing for his first season at Arkansas after seven at Wisconsin, tweeted a photo of the apology letter Gee sent him.