Former Oklahoma quarterback and Big 12 football coach Cale Gundy resigned Sunday night, reading from a screen “words I should never — under any circumstances — say.” Player iPad during movie session last week.
“The sad reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without meaning to do so,” Gundy He said in a statement posted on his Twitter page.. “In that situation, a man of character accepts responsibility. I take responsibility for this mistake. I apologize.”
Gundy, 50, the younger brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, played quarterback for the Sooners from 1990 to 1993, setting all school records for passing yards at the time of his graduation. He then returned as part of Bob Stoops’ first staff in 1999 and was part of all of Oklahoma’s 14 Big 12 titles and the 2000 national championship. He spent 16 years as a running backs coach, followed by seven more coaching inside receivers and was OU’s assistant head coach.
Gundy said he “didn’t even notice” what he was reading at the time and was “shocked” as soon as he found out.
“I want to be very clear: the words I read out loud on that screen were not my words. What I said was not malicious, it was not even intentional,” Gundy wrote. “I am still mature enough to know that what I said was shameful and hurtful.”
First-year Sooners head coach Brent Vennells, who served as an assistant with Gundy in Norman from 1999 to 2011. He issued a related statement. Sunday night.
“It is with sadness that I accept the resignation of Coach Gundy. He has dedicated more than half of his life to Oklahoma football and has served our program and our university well,” Vennells said. “We thank him for this commitment. We also recognize that he has put the program and the safety of our student-athletes first. In coaching and in our lives, we are all accountable for our actions and results.”
Gundy said he didn’t want to be a distraction in the statement.
“I know this is a critical time for Oklahoma football,” Gundy wrote. “This team – the coach, the players, the management and the fans – must not be distracted by off-field issues as I work to continue the tradition of excellence that makes me so proud to be a Tolor.
“Naturally, I leave these at heart. Coaching this football team has been my life’s passion.”
Venables said offensive analyst Eldamian Washington will replace Gundy on an interim basis.