Further update: Gundy and Hubbard appeared in a video together, where Gundy pledged to make some changes and the two hugged it out.
"I'm looking forward to making some changes and it starts at the top with me," Gundy said. "We've got good days ahead."
Evening update: Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder issued a statement saying, "This afternoon has been very disturbing. The tweets from the current and former players are of grave concern."
Update:Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis has released this statement on Twitter:
"I hear and respect the concerns expressed by our Black student-athletes. This is a time for unity of purpose to confront racial inequities and injustice. We will not tolerate insensitive behavior by anyone at Oklahoma State."
Oklahoma State enters the 2020 season as a College Football Playoff dark horse, and Chuba Hubbard is a large reason why.
A world-class sprinter from Alberta, Canada, Hubbard was a unanimous All-American and a top-10 Heisman vote getter in an otherwise down season for Oklahoma State, leading the country with 2,094 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He turned down an opportunity to enter the NFL draft in order to return to Stillwater for one more season, generating Big 12 title aspirations and Playoff dreams in northeast Oklahoma.
That is, of course, assuming he suits up.
On Monday, Hubbard threatened to sit out Oklahoma State team activities a photograph of Mike Gundy wearing an OAN t-shirt surfaced on the Internet.
"I will not stand for this," Hubbard tweeted. "This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it’s unacceptable. I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE."
For those unaware, OAN is considered by many to be an ultra-conservative network.
Gundy praised OAN in a call with reporters in April (transcript via Kyle Boone).
Hubbard was quickly joined by one teammate, Amen Ogbongbemiga, a linebacker who ranked second on the club with 100 tackles last season while ranking fifth in the Big 12 with 15.5 tackles for loss.
The news comes on the heels of Dabo Swinney stepping in a minor bear trap after he was photographed on vacation wearing a Football Matters t-shirt, a minor controversy he cleared up by releasing a video and, over the weekend, appearing at a Black Lives Matter rally led by Clemson players.
On Friday, Texas players threatened to sit out recruiting efforts with donors and future players if a list of demands were not acknowledged by the university
Swinney's players never threatened to boycott over his Football Matters shirt, though, and Texas players said they would continue to participate in workouts and practices for the upcoming season.
Gundy, it appears, has some explaining to do if Oklahoma State's season is to avoid falling apart before it even begins.