Oklahoma wide receivers coach Cale Gundy is resigning after reading a ‘hurtful’ word during a team movie session last week, he said in a statement posted via Twitter late Sunday. evening.
Gundy, a former Sooners quarterback from 1990-93, has been a college assistant since 1999. He was the Big 12 Conference’s longest-serving coach before his resignation.
Soon Nation, thank you. pic.twitter.com/BYBOjObGna
— Cale Gundy (@OU_CoachGundy) August 8, 2022
“Last week during a movie session I asked my players to take notes,” Gundy wrote. “I noticed that a player was distracted and took 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 don’t never should have – under any circumstances – pronounced was displayed on that screen. At the time, I didn’t 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 on that screen were not my words. What I said was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional. Yet, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, regardless of my intentions. The sad reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to. In these circumstances, a man of character accept responsibility. I take responsibility for my mistake. I apologize.”
Shortly after Gundy announced his resignation, OU head coach Brent Venables released a statement announcing that offensive analyst L’Damian Washington was the Sooners’ interim wide receivers coach. Washington coached receivers at Southern University in 2021 and was a standout receiver at Missouri from 2010-13.
Statement from Head Football Coach Brent Venables: pic.twitter.com/aXe3ak9uza
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 8, 2022
“It is with sadness that I accept Coach Gundy’s resignation,” Venables wrote. “He has dedicated more than half his life to Oklahoma football and has served our program and our university well. We are grateful for that commitment. We also recognize that by stepping down, he has placed the program and the the well-being of our student-athletes at the forefront In coaching and in life, we are all responsible for our actions and the resulting results.
Gundy, a 50-year-old Midwest City native and the brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, was the OU’s running backs coach from 1999 to 2014 before became receivers coach in 2015. He also served as recruiting coordinator from 2005 to the end of the season.
Gundy coached all receivers for the Sooners during spring training and fall camp, after former outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons followed Lincoln Riley to Southern California. Gundy had repeatedly said he was excited about the direction of OU under Venables.
“This team – its coaches, players, administration and fans – does not deserve to be distracted by off-field matters while striving to continue the tradition of excellence that makes me so proud to be a Sooner,” Gundy wrote. “I will not do the I Love Bad Service program to distract from this mission. Effective immediately, I resign.”