BREAKING: Longtime Oklahoma Sooners assistant Cale Gundy quits program
In a shocking late-night development, Oklahoma’s longest-serving assistant coach steps down.
Cale Gundy, who has been involved with the program as both a record quarterback, tireless assistant and top scout, announced on Twitter that “with great anguish I announce my resignation.”
Gundy’s decision comes after an incident he described in a lengthy post:
“I owe it to Sooner Nation to be transparent about what led to this decision,” he wrote. “Last week, during a cinema session, I asked my players to take notes. I noticed one player was distracted, picked up his iPad and read aloud the words that were written on his screen. The word displayed had nothing to do with football. A particular word that I should never have – under any circumstances – pronounced, appeared on this screen. At the time, 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 aloud on that screen were not my words. What I said wasn’t malicious; it wasn’t even intentional.
“Still, I’m mature enough to know that the word I spoke was shameful and hurtful, regardless of my intentions.”
Head coach Brent Venables also posted on social media confirming Gundy’s departure.
“It is with sadness that I accept Coach Gundy’s resignation,” Venables said. “He has dedicated more than half his life to Oklahoma football and has served our program and our university well. We are grateful for that commitment. We also recognize that by stepping down, he has placed the program and the the well-being of our student-athletes first.In coaching and in life, we are all responsible for our actions and the resulting results.
“The culture we are building in our program is based on mutual respect. Our staff are there to develop successful student-athletes, but also young men of character. As leaders of this program, it is essential that we we held to the highest standards as we mold for our players the kind of young men we want them to become.”
The OU football team showed up for preseason training camp last Thursday and began practice Friday. At last week’s media day, Gundy repeated his spring assertion on Tuesday that the OU program is in a better place than ever.
“In my 24 years here as a coach, this program is in the best position I know of,” Gundy said. “I really believe it.”
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In Sunday’s statement, Gundy said the current squad and its members “do not 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. I will not do the I Love Bad Service program to distract from this assignment. Effective immediately, I resign.”
Gundy, who coaches OU wide receivers after a distinguished run as the Sooners’ running backs coach, said, “I leave these sidelines with a heavy heart.”
After Gundy’s big brother Mike went to Oklahoma State and became a record-breaking quarterback for the Cowboys, Cale enrolled in Midwest City High School, where he was the No. 1 in the state and as a top five national quarterback, at OU, where he played four years for Gary Gibbs.
Gundy started for 3½ years and was the key figure in bringing OU attacking football out of the era of triangles and into a new era of overtaking. From 1990 to 1993, Gundy set nearly all OU passing records, including career pass attempts (751), career completions (420), career yards (6,142), career touchdowns ( 35) and total career offense (6,389). He also set OU’s career with 31 interceptions, as well as 200 and 300 yard games, and had most single-game and single-season marks.
His teams record in games Gundy was the starting quarterback was 24-12-2.
Gundy, whose official title was offensive coordinator and receivers coach in his 23rd and final season in 2021, served as an OU student assistant in 1994 before coaching quarterbacks at UAB in 1995 and running backs. from 1996 to 1998.
In December 1998, Bob Stoops hired Gundy to coach running backs and lead his recruiting efforts in Oklahoma and Texas. He was Stoops’ recruiting director from 2004 to 2016 and served in that role for two years under Lincoln Riley.
In all, Gundy played or coached in 353 games as the Sooner, considered the most in school history. Longtime assistant Merv Johnson has worked a streak of 513 consecutive games as a coach and radio analyst.
Gundy was also an outstanding baseball player for the Sooners and was a pitcher on OU’s 1992 College World Series team.
In the Gundy Legacy, stories of his recruiting Adrian Peterson out of Palestine, TX remain at the top. Gundy and Stoops visited Peterson’s father in federal prison.
Venables also said Gundy’s interim replacement will be assistant receivers coach and offensive analyst L’Damian Washington. Washington, 31, played collegiately at Missouri before numerous brief forays into the NFL and other professional leagues. Venables hired Washington in January to help Gundy with Sooner clearances.
Gundy, 50, just received a two-year contract extension and a $10,000 annual raise in March, taking his salary to $610,000 a year through 2024.