Gayle Gundy, the longest-tenured football coach in the Big 12 at Oklahoma, resigned Sunday night. A player’s iPad during a movie session last week.
“The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can cause harm unnecessarily to do so,” Gundy said He said in a statement on his Twitter account. “Under those circumstances, a man of character accepts accountability. I take responsibility for this mistake. I apologize.”
Gundy, 50, is the younger brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, who played quarterback for the Sooners from 1990 to 1993, holding nearly every school record by the time he graduated. He then returned as part of Bob Stoops’ first staff in 1999 and was part of Oklahoma’s 14 Big 12 titles and its 2000 national championship. He spent 16 years as the running backs coach, followed by seven more inside coaching, and was OU’s assistant head coach.
Gundy said he “didn’t realize” what he was reading at the time, and when he 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 was not even intentional,” Gundy wrote. “And yet, I am mature enough to know that what I said was shameful and hurtful.”
First-year Sooners head coach Brent Venables, who served as an assistant with Gundy in Norman from 1999 to 2011, He issued a statement to that effect Sunday night.
“It is with regret that I accept the resignation of Coach Gundy. He has dedicated more than half of his career to Oklahoma football and has served our program and university well,” Venables said. “We are grateful for that commitment. We also acknowledge that he has put the best interests of the program and our student-athletes first. In practice and in life, we are accountable for our actions and their consequences.”
Gundy said in his statement that he did not want to be a distraction.
“I recognize this is an important moment for Oklahoma football,” Gundy wrote. “This team — its coaches, players, management and fans — doesn’t deserve to be distracted by things off the field as they work to continue a great tradition.
“Naturally, I leave these omissions with a heavy heart. Coaching this football team is truly my life’s passion.”
Venables said L’Damian Washington, an offensive analyst, would replace Gundy on an interim basis.
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