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Oklahoma wide receivers coach Cale Gundy announced his resignation after reading a “shameful and hurtful” word displayed on a player’s iPad throughout a team meeting the other day.
Gundy, who had served being an assistant coach at his alma mater since 1999, released a statement detailing the incident late Sunday night:
Cale Gundy @OU_CoachGundy
Sooner Nation, many thanks. pic.twitter.com/BYBOjObGna
“It’s with sadness that I accept Coach Gundy’s resignation. He’s dedicated over fifty percent his life to Oklahoma Football and contains served our program and university well,” coach Brent Venables said in a statement. “We’re thankful for that commitment. We also acknowledge that in stepping aside he’s placed this program and the welfare of our student-athletes first. In coaching and in life, we are all in charge of our actions and the resulting outcomes.”
Venables announced L’Damian Washington will replace Gundy as wide receivers coach on an interim basis.
Based on the statement released by Gundy, he found the player’s iPad after noticing he was distracted in the film session and read a note aloud to the area. The message included an undisclosed word, which he read verbatim.
Gundy said he “didn’t even realize” what he was reading before words arrived of his mouth.
Joe Mixon, who played under Gundy during his time at Oklahoma, released an extended statement defending the coach early Monday morning. The now-Cincinnati Bengals running back said Gundy never displayed any type of racism during his amount of time in Norman.
I understand racists, Mixon said in the statement. I’ve witnessed both obvious and discreet types of racism and also have known and detested a lot more actual racist. Coach Gundy may be the farthest thing out of this kind of person. I spent each day for the 1,000 days I was in Norman with him. And I never saw whatever would lead one to believe this or think this.”
Gabe Ikard of SiriusXM reported talking with multiple Oklahoma players who said a “the greater part” of the team wanted Gundy to remain on. However, in the aftermath, Gundy felt it had been best for him to leave from this program.