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Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy Apologizes for Coronavirus Comments

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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy apologized for his recent comments where he talked about how quickly the state and nation should get back to business during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gundy said during a teleconference on Tuesday that his goal was to return to the football building on May 1. He added that he hoped that tests for COVID-19 would be available by next month to clear employees and players.

 

In his apology statement, Gundy said, “I have been made aware that comments from my press conference have offended some. It was never my intention to offend anyone and I apologize. My first priority is and will always be the student-athletes and doing what is best for the program and the university.”

The university chimed in as well, saying in prepared remarks, “We will adhere to the advice of public health experts who are making informed decisions in the best interest of the citizens of our nation and state based on sound scientific data. We will also abide by the federal and state mandates as well as Big 12 guidelines. We will not compromise the health and well-being of our campus community. This virus is deadly and we will do our part at Oklahoma State to help blunt the spread.”

Gundy should forget practice on May 1st, as there is serious concern from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the rest of the leaders across college football about making sure a season can be played under normal circumstances this fall. According to Bowlsby, that is apparently in some jeopardy. This was discussed in our podcast this week (listen below).

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This also comes on the heels of reports that athletic departments may see a 20% decline in revenues for the year due to the loss of sports.

Needless to say, as much as I appreciate Gundy’s optimism, May 1 isn’t looking great right now.

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