MANHATTAN, Kan. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Sunday night he has spoken with Ohio State president Gordon Gee.

Gee apologized for comments made in December, when he indicated Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez believed Bielema was a "thug" and the coach was not well liked by the Badgers. The comments — which were made during a meeting of Ohio State’s Athletic Council on Dec. 5. — became public after a records request by Sports Illustrated.

Below is Bielema's statement about the conversation:

"Dr. E. Gordon Gee and I have spoken regarding comments he has now labeled as unfounded, inaccurate and unfair," Bielema said in a statement released by the university. "While I am appreciative he did apologize, my sincere hope is Dr. Gee realizes given the stature of his position the full power his words have to affect public perception. Throughout my career, I have strived to make my name synonymous with high character, values and integrity, and I will continue to do so.”

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau