College football fans are beginning to react to the stunng Cale Gundy news.
On Sunday night, the longtime Oklahoma Sooners assistant abruptly resigned after he said he read about a “shameful word” off a players Ipad during a film session.
Sooner Nation, thank you. pic.twitter.com/BYBOjObGna
— Cale Gundy (@OU_CoachGundy) August 8, 2022
“I moved to Norman fresh out of high school in 1990. It feels like I never left. I have devoted nearly all my adult life to Oklahoma football. My children graduated from OU; so did my wife. For almost three decades, this university has een my home, these players have been my family.
“Today, with great anguish, I announce my resignation. I apologize to those who are disappointed by this news ….
“I owe it to Sooner Nation to be transparent about what led to this decision: Last week, during a film session, I instructed my players to take notes. I noticed a player was distracted and picked up his iPad and read aloud the words that were written on his screen. The words displayed had nothing to do with football.
One particular word that I should never–under any circumstance–have uttered was displayed on that screen. In the moment, I did not even realize what I was reading and, as soon as I did, I was horrified.
“I want to be very clear: the words I read aloud from that screen were not my words. What I said was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional. Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, no matter my intentions.
“The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to do so. In that circumstance, a man of character accepts accountability. I take responsibility for my mistake. I apologize.
“While considering this decision, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support of those who know me, my character, and my love for this program. I truly appreciate the support my players and coaches have shown. That support means more than I can express; it proves what I’ve always known about #OUDNA–we are a family, so thank you.
“Nevertheless, I recognize this is a critical moment for Oklahoma football. This team–its coaches, players, administration, and fans–do not deserve to be distracted by off-the-field matters while working to continue the tradition of excellence that makes me so proud to be a Sooner. I won’t do the program I love the disservice of distracting from this mission. Effective immediately, I am stepping down.
“Naturally, I leave these sidelines heavy hearted. Coaching this football team truly has been my life’s passion. But I leave confident that the team will continue to prosper and I leave with tremendous love for the University of Oklahoma and its athletics department. Sooner born, Sooner bred, and so on…
I have like 153 questions about the Cale Gundy situation
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) August 8, 2022
A massive surprise. Cale Gundy leaving Oklahoma announces resignation via Twitter. https://t.co/saX7d3iKp8
— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) August 8, 2022
Cale Gundy has been an assistant with Oklahoma since 1999
He was a player with OU from 1990-1993
Nobody has been with the the program for more total seasons in the last 3+ decades
It will be *very* jarring to not see him on the sidelines anymore…just stunning #Sooners
— Josh Callaway (@JoshMCallaway) August 8, 2022
This is ten times more shocking than Riley leaving. Many people my age and younger don’t know what OU Football looks like without Cale Gundy. Thanks for everything, Coach. https://t.co/EzPWpdVN68
— Travis J Davidson (@TravisSkol) August 8, 2022
Welp…i’m glad i got this when i did.
Cale Gundy is an OU legend in every sense of the word. 24 combined years spent at this place. I’m glad to have gotten to “add some tools to the toolbox”, like my dad and cousin did for this guy.
— Jalen Ross (@_JalenRoss) August 8, 2022
"did Cale Gundy Papa John himself" is the thought that proves my brain is fractured
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) August 8, 2022
None of the Cale Gundy stuff adds up man. I feel like there’s something missing. If the statement he released is what happened, a resignation sound extreme.
— Venables Truther (@BoomerVenables) August 8, 2022