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Oklahoma Coach Resigns After He Said Slur to Players

August 9, 2022

Cale Gundy, the assistant head football coach of the University of Oklahoma, has resigned because he used a slur in reading from a player's iPad.

Gundy said that during a session with players, he noticed that a player wasn't paying attention. Gundy then went to see what that player had on his screen. "The word displayed had nothing to do with football. One particular word that I should never--under any circumstance--have uttered was on display on his screen," Gundy wrote on Twitter. "In the moment, I did not even realize what I was reading, and as soon as I did, I was horrified.... What I said was not malicious; it wasn't even intentional." (He did not specify the slur.)

He added that the team does "not deserve to be distracted by off-the-field matters.... Effectively immediately, I am stepping down."

Oklahoma's head coach, Brent Ventables wrote on Twitter that Gundy made the correct decision to resign. "He chose to read aloud to his players, not once but multiple times, a racially charged word that it objectionable to everyone," he said.

 

 

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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