Cale Gundy, a fixture on the Oklahoma sideline and the longest-tenured football coach within the Big 12, resigned Sunday night time, saying that he learn aloud “a word that I should never — under any circumstance — have uttered” off the display of a player’s iPad throughout a movie session final week.
“The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to do so,” Gundy wrote in a statement posted to his Twitter account. “In that circumstance, a man of character accepts accountability. I take responsibility for this mistake. I apologize.”
Gundy, 50, the youthful brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, performed quarterback for the Sooners from 1990 to 1993, setting practically each college document by the point he graduated. He then returned as a part of Bob Stoops’ first workers in 1999 and had been part of all of Oklahoma’s 14 Big 12 titles and its 2000 nationwide championship. He spent 16 years because the working backs coach, adopted by seven extra teaching inside receivers, and was OU’s assistant head coach.
Gundy stated that within the second he “did not even realize” what he was reading and, as quickly as he 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,” Gundy wrote. “Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, no matter my intentions.”
First-year Sooners head coach Brent Venables, who served as an assistant alongside Gundy from 1999 to 2011 in Norman, issued a corresponding statement Sunday night time.
“It’s with sadness that I accept Coach Gundy’s resignation. He’s dedicated more than half his life to Oklahoma Football and has served our program and university well,” Venables stated. “We’re thankful for that commitment. We also acknowledge that in stepping aside he’s placed the program and the welfare of our student-athletes first. In coaching and in life, we’re all accountable for our actions and the resulting outcomes.”
Gundy famous in his assertion that he didn’t want to be a distraction.
“I recognize this is a critical moment for Oklahoma football,” Gundy wrote. “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.
“Naturally, I depart these sidelines heavy hearted. Coaching this football staff really has been my life’s ardour.”
Venables stated that L’Damian Washington, an offensive analyst, will change Gundy on an interim foundation.