Longtime Oklahoma Sooners football assistant Cale Gundy shocked the college football world on Monday when he announced via a statement that he was resigning from the team after reading aloud a ‘shameful’ word off a player’s iPad during a film session.
“One particular word that I should have never — under any circumstance — have uttered was displayed on that screen."
Cale Gundy, previously the longest tenured assistant coach in the Big 12, it out at Oklahoma.
— Eli Lederman (@ByEliLederman) August 8, 2022
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— 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…
On Twitter, Gundy’s daughter blasted Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables for telling the players to not speak the turh on why her father resigned.
“Interesting, you told your players to keep their mouths shut about what really happened and their heads down (thinking emoji) The truth will always come to fruition, it’s only a matter of time.”