Everyone is reacting to the news from Sunday evening when longtime Oklahoma assistant Cale Gundy announced he would be resigning from the Sooners football program.
Gundy, who played quarterback at Oklahoma from 1990 to 1993, returned to the staff with Bob Stoops back in 1999. He has been with the program ever since.
On Monday afternoon, Stoops released a statement about the news, saying on Twitter, “It’s with great sadness that I’m reading this. I’ve worked along side Cale for 23 years and know him to be a man of character and a person that loves and cares for his players as well as OU. Thank you Cale for all the hard work you poured into our program, it will be remembered!”
Cale Gundy said in his public resignation letter that he read aloud “a word that I should never — under any circumstance — have uttered” off the screen of a player’s iPad during a film session last week.
He added, “The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to do so. In that circumstance, a man of character accepts accountability. I take responsibility for this mistake. I apologize.”
The post also notes that Gundy “did not even realize” what he was reading and, as soon as he did, “I was horrified.”
Head coach Brent Venables also put out a statement that read in part, “It’s with sadness that I accept Coach Gundy’s resignation. He’s dedicated more than half of his life to Oklahoma football and has served our program and university well… The culture we’re building in our program is based on mutual respect. Our staff is here to develop successful student-athletes, but also young men of character. As the leaders of this program, it’s essential that we hold ourselves to the highest standards as we model for our players the type of men we want them to become.”
During Cale Gundy’s time in Norman, Oklahoma has won 14 Big 12 titles, along with the 2000 national championship.
Offensive analyst L’Damian Washington will replace Gundy on an interim basis.