Longtime Oklahoma Sooners football assistant Cale Gundy resigns after reading aloud ‘shameful’ word off player’s iPad

Cale Gundy, a fixture on the Oklahoma sideline and the Big 12’s longest-serving football coach, resigned Sunday night, saying he had “a word I should never have said — under any circumstances —” read aloud to the A player’s iPad during a film session last week.

“The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can do harm without ever intending to do so,” Gundy wrote in a statement posted to his Twitter account. “In these circumstances, a man of character takes charge. I take responsibility for this error. I apologize.”

Gundy, 50, the younger brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, played quarterback for the Sooners from 1990 to 1993 and set nearly every school record by the time he graduated. He then returned in 1999 as part of Bob Stoops’ first staff and was a part of all of Oklahoma’s 14 Big 12 titles and its 2000 national championship. He spent 16 years as a running backs coach, followed by seven other coaching sessions within receivers, and was assistant head coach of OU.

Gundy said he “didn’t even realize” what he was reading at the time, and as soon as he did, “I was horrified.”

“I want to be very clear: the words I read aloud from this screen were not my words. What I said wasn’t malicious, it wasn’t even intentional,” Gundy wrote. “Nevertheless, I’m mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, regardless of my intentions.”

Brent Venables, first-year head coach of the Sooners who was an assistant alongside Gundy at Norman from 1999 to 2011, a corresponding declaration Sunday night.

“It is with sadness that I accept the resignation of Coach Gundy. He has devoted more than half his life to Oklahoma football and served our program and our university well,” Venables said. “We are grateful for this commitment. We also recognize that in retiring, he has put the program and welfare of our student-athletes first. In coaching and in life, we are all accountable for our actions and the results that come from them.”

Gundy noted in his statement that he didn’t want to distract.

“I realize this is a critical moment for football in Oklahoma,” Gundy wrote. “This team – its coaches, players, administration and fans – don’t deserve to be distracted by off-field matters while working to continue the tradition of excellence that makes me so proud to be a Sooner.

“Of course I leave this sideline with a heavy heart. Coaching this football team was really my passion.”

Venables said L’Damian Washington, an offensive analyst, will temporarily replace Gundy.

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Emma Bowman

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