University of Oklahoma Assistant head football coach and former Sooners quarterback Cale Gundy resigned on Sunday after admitting to using “shameful” language during a movie session last week.
Gundy, the brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, announced his resignation in a social media post, insisting the offensive word “was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional.
“Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, regardless of my intentions,” Cale Gundy said in his statement.
Oklahoma football assistant head coach and former Sooners quarterback Cale Gundy resigned on Sunday after admitting to using “shameful” language during a movie session last week
Gundy was the Sooners’ quarterback from 1990-93, finishing with over 6,000 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. He also worked as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He resigned as assistant coach in a statement on Sunday (right)
The incident happened during a recent movie session when the assistant coach found a player distracted and staring at his iPad, Cale Gundy said in his statement. He then picked up the device and read a word on the screen which he now recognizes he “should never have – under any circumstances – uttered”.
Gundy said he was “horrified” upon realizing what he said.
“The sad reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to. In these circumstances, a man of character accepts responsibility,” Gundy said. “I take responsibility for my mistake. I apologize.’
The word itself and the context around its use have not been revealed.
Gundy was the Sooners’ quarterback from 1990-93, finishing with over 6,000 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. He also worked as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Bob Stoops, now a former Sooners coach, hired Gundy to coach the team’s running backs in 1998.
Oklahoma coach Brent Venables also released a statement saying anyone connected to the program is “responsible” for their actions.
“It is with sadness that I accept Coach Gundy’s resignation,” Venables said. “He has dedicated more than half his life to Oklahoma football and has served our program and our university well. We are grateful for this commitment.
Oklahoma Sooners offensive coordinator Cale Gundy greets his brother, Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy, before their game at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Stillwater, Oklahoma
The Gundy family is used to controversy.
Mike, who quarterbacked rival Oklahoma State before becoming Cowboys coach in 2005, was accused of using the n-word against an African-American player in Colorado in 1989.
Former Colorado star linebacker and NFL player Alfred Williams told The Oklahoman in 2020, adding that he would like an apology and hopes to see ‘some growth’ from Gundy, which he doesn’t want to be fired.
“I remember it was the first time the University of Colorado beat Oklahoma State while I was there,” Williams told The Oklahoman on Wednesday night. ‘It was a big win. It was really a big victory.
“And I remember Mike Gundy calling me the N-word. That’s what I remember.
As accusations against Gundy resurface, so does his denial after 41-17 loss
Former Colorado star linebacker and NFL player Alfred Williams told The Oklahoman the story, adding that he would like an apology and hopes to see “some growth” from Gundy, who he doesn’t want to be fired.
Photo of OSU quarterback Mike Gundy (right) and Hart teammate Lee Dykes in 1988
A spokesperson for the Oklahoma State Athletic Department told the Daily Mail that Gundy would not comment on the accusation, which first came to light after that game.
Williams’ claims were corroborated by several teammates and himself after Colorado’s 41-17 victory over the Cowboys in Stillwater, Oklahoma on November 12, 1989.
“He said it to me and a few other guys on the field,” linebacker Kanavis McGhee told The Oklahoman at the time. ‘It really upset me.
‘Here’s a guy in the spotlight all the time, saying something like that isn’t cool at all. All he did was set us on fire.
Williams, Bruce Young and Okland Salavea also reported the allegation to the media at the time.
Gundy denied it to reporters after the game.
“I didn’t say it,” Gundy said. ‘That’s just not true. I’ve been here four years and well over half of my friends are black.
“I just didn’t say that; I wouldn’t say such a thing.
According to a St. Louis Dispatch article about the game, Gundy denied the charges and told reporters the Buffaloes players spouted garbage talk. He then told the media to read a Sports Illustrated article about Colorado’s disciplinary issues within the football program.
According to a St. Louis Dispatch article about the game (left), Gundy denied the charges and told reporters the Buffaloes players spouted garbage talk. He then told the media to read a Sports Illustrated article about Colorado’s disciplinary issues within the football program. Buffaloes teammates Alfred Williams, Kanavis McGhee Bruce Young and Okland Salavea reported the allegation to the media at the time, as seen in this 1989 article from The Oklahoman (right)
Speaking to Oklahoman in 2020, Williams said he hadn’t seen Gundy’s denial until this week.
“If he denies saying (that), I have at least 20 people who will vouch for what happened that day.
“I’m a little upset because after 31 years I finally saw the story published in your newspapers in Oklahoma,” he continued, referencing the story from the 1989 game The Oklahoman. “It was the first time I saw some of the responses to what I said.
“In the St. Louis Dispatch he said, ‘Look at the University of Colorado and its players. They have rapists.
Williams, who played nine seasons in the NFL, is not mentioned in the SI article and has not been charged with any crimes in Colorado.
Gundy became Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator in 2001 and was promoted to head coach at his alma mater in 2005. He has a Big 12 title and was named conference coach of the year in 2010.