For a couple of hours last month, it seemed like Mike Gundy -- going on 15 years as Oklahoma State's head coach, and basically the dean of all things Cowboy football -- could be on the verge of losing his job.
Star running back Chuba Hubbard threatened a boycott after his head coach was photographed wearing an OAN t-shirt, and a number of Cowboys past and present rushed to support Hubbard while none did the same for Gundy -- thereby pushing the future Hall of Fame coach dangerously close to Bobby Petrino territory.
Gundy and Hubbard met up to get back on the same page and Gundy later apologized -- at one point calling himself a dumbass -- but an investigation into the program continued.
On Thursday night, Oklahoma State released the conclusion from that probe: Gundy may have been out of touch with his players, but he's not a racist.
Below is a statement from the athletics department:
And here is OSU president Burns Hargis:
Most importantly for Oklahoma State's immediate needs, Hubbard is back on board, meaning a 2020 season with championship expectations in Stillwater is officially back on track.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
UPDATE >> This morning, Brett McMurphy tweets that following the internal review, Mike Gundy's contract has went from a 5-year rollover to 4-years with a pay cut - and it was Gundy's idea.
Gundy made $5.125 million in 2019, and McMurphy adds that the pay cut Gundy suggested was $1 million.
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