NORMAN, Okla. — Cale Gundy has spent more than half his life as either a player or coach at Oklahoma.
Over the past 24 seasons, Gundy has been a constant in the Sooners’ football program.
That streak won’t stretch to 25.
Sunday night, the OU wide receivers coach surprisingly announced his resignation with a statement on Twitter.
In the lengthy statement, Gundy offered an explanation for the circumstances that led to the decision.
Gundy said last week during a film session, he noticed a player distracted.
“(I) picked up his iPad and read aloud the words that were written on the screen,” Gundy said in the statement. “The words displayed had nothing to do with football. One particular word that I should never — under any circumstance — 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.
“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. In that circumstance, a man of character accepts accountability. I take responsibility for my mistake. I apologize.”
On Monday afternoon, Sooners head coach Brent Venables issued a statement saying, in part: “As painful as it has been dealing with Coach Gundy resigning from the program, it doesn’t touch the experience of pain felt by a room full of young men I am charged to project lead and love.