Oklahoma Football Coach Resigns After Using A ‘Shameful And Hurtful’ Word

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Oklahoma assistant football coach Cale Gundy has left the program.

The Oklahoma Sooners assistant head coach and receivers coach announced late Sunday night that he was resigning from the program because of a word he said during a film session.

Oklahoma assistant Cale Gundy resigns after saying “shameful and hurtful” word during a film session. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

“Last week, during a film session, I instructed my players to take notes. I noticed a player was distracted and picked up 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 should never – under any circumstances – have uttered was displayed on that screen. In the moment, I did not even realize what I was reading and, as soon as I did, I was horrified,” Gundy said when explaining his resignation.

Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy resigns. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

He further added, “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. Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, no matter my intentions. The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to do so.”

The specific words weren’t specified in his statement. You can read his full announcement in the tweet below.

Following Gundy’s resignation, head coach Brent Venables released a statement and said in part, “It’s with sadness that I accept Coach Gundy’s resignation … 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.”

Former Oklahoma star Joe Mixon also released a statement following Gundy’s resignation and said he was “disappointed” by the program not having his back.

L’Damian Washington will now take over Gundy’s role as the team’s WR coach.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. Our society has lost its collective mind. The guy read a word he didn’t even write and is “resigning”….which actually means he was fired. Insane. We have crossed a point where we live in cultural fascism where thought police punish infractions with career ending force. No word should be allowed by one group but not others. If it’s a hateful word then it should be taboo by all. Rule of law means equality under the law for all. Same should go for cultural law.

  2. THIS is officially BIZARRE! …. at a point in our chaotic society where “bizarre” has become the norm. …. We are so far “down the rabbit hole” that the rabbits are looking down at us … and laughing their cottontails off.

  3. If the players refused to practice until he was reinstated then the coach would be back on the team. They know the truth but are not backing him up? The inmates are running the asylum. Good luck with that NIL collective fundraising.

  4. Lame. There is no way in reality that any young black athlete could be offended by someone reading what the athlete wrote. Listen for a half hour to hip hop and you will hear the word 1,000 times. These guys can’t be that soft and if they are then grow up. Words are just that.

  5. The manner in which this coach groveled in his apology was pretty nauseating. If you must apologize then say you’re sorry and move on. Man, you’d think he murdered a family the way he went on and on.

  6. I get it that the “N word” is the almighty Lord Voldemort of “he who shall not be named” and only certain people are supposed to use it but context matters. The F word is generally seen as the apex of 4-letter curse words. It has many uses and can be used as an adjective, verb, or even a noun. When used, people can generally contextualize the meaning. Same should be the case with the N word but it’s so polarizing to some that it breaks people’s brains to think about actual context. A skinhead using it as an adjective w/ a hard R is completely different than singing a Kendrick Lamar lyric. It’s not “the same” even if the use bothers people. In this case dude read what a player wrote. People are allowed to be upset but this feels like he should be given a mulligan. Completely different than the way Cooper Riley used it.

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