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The Oklahoma Sooners had a shakeup on his football staff on Sunday with the start of the 2022 season against UTEP just days away.
Cale Gundy, assistant head coach for the Sooners, resigned after using offensive language during a filming session last week. The 50-year-old coach made the decision in a statement on social media and a statement from the school followed. He has been with the program since 1999.
He said in the statement that he read a word from a player’s iPad that he should never have uttered.
“I owe it to Sooner Nation to be transparent about what led to this decision: 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,” he said.
“One particular word that I should never – under the circumstances – utter was shown on the screen. At the moment, I didn’t 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 out of that screen were not my words. What I said was not malicious; it was not even intentional. However, I am mature enough to know that the word, which I said was shameful and hurtful.”
It was not immediately clear what word he said.
Oklahoma coach Brent Venableswho is in his first season as the Sooners’ head coach, said those associated with the program are “all responsible for our actions and the resulting results.”
“It is with sadness that I accept the resignation of coach Gundy,” Venables said. “He has dedicated more than half of his life to Oklahoma football and has served our program and university well. We are grateful for that commitment.”
Gundy is the brother of Mike Gundy, who coaches Oklahoma State. He was on the Sooners’ staff for all 14 of their conference titles and the national championship season in 2000 under Bob Stoops.
He spent the last seven seasons coaching wide receivers after spending the previous 16 seasons coaching running backs. He was among the holdovers when Venables took over in December 2021.
L’Damian Washington will coach the receivers on an interim basis.
The Sooners are back in action against the Miners on September 3rd.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.