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Heisman-Caliber Running Back Chuba Hubbard Blasts Head Coach Mike Gundy

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Outspoken Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy has been pushing the limit for years. Today he might have gone too far.

The mullet man that’s led the Cowboys’ program since 2005 has made headlines over the last three months, even though the coronavirus has virtually suspended all football activities across the country. Today for the first time a player has publicly criticized the head coach, and not just any player.

Last season Chuba Hubbard led the nation in rushing yards with 2,094 on the ground (161.4 per game). He scored 21 touchdowns to earn First Team All-American honors. Entering the 2020 season he has the best odds of a non-quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy at 22-1, that is, if he still wants to play for Gundy.

Hubbard shared the following message on Twitter Monday afternoon.

The OAN news network could be described as a conservative news outlet, but that doesn’t quite articulate just how far right OAN leans. OAN makes Fox News look liberal. If you’d like a quick recap, John Oliver does a good job highlighting its most ridiculous moments.

Even though it angered his star player, it’s perfectly on brand for Gundy. After all, only two months ago Gundy had to issue an apology for his comments that made light of the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. In that rambling press conference he praised OAN, saying it was refreshing to watch news without commentary.

Mike Gundy will not face severe consequences for wearing a t-shirt of his favorite TV station. The image of him in the t-shirt inspired his players to say “enough is enough.” There’s certainly more to the story when the current defensive team captain echos Hubbard’s statement by saying, “I stand with him.” Two former players also took to social media to share their thoughts on Gundy.

Who knows exactly what will happen next to the man who once screamed, “I’m a man, I’m 40” in a press conference. Gundy been in hot water before and survived. What is certain is that he is doing everything he can to torpedo a potential historic season in Stillwater before it begins.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

84 Comments for Heisman-Caliber Running Back Chuba Hubbard Blasts Head Coach Mike Gundy

  1. Jpcat15
    4:12 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    What is wrong with our world where people take offense to someone wearing a tee shirt of one of the new networks doing news? From what I have seen, they are doing a good job for such a new network. Would the player have been ok if it was a CNN tee? I just don’t understand. The country is divided pretty evenly between libs and conservatives. It is pretty obvious where the writer of this story falls.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:42 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Key word here is “divided”.

    • Jpcat15
      4:56 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Has always been divided due to the 2 party system, but the divide got bigger with W and then got really divided with Obama. Trump now in the same spot. Seems like most Americans are rooting against their country if “their” guy isn’t in the office.

    • UKJon in Knoxville
      5:23 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      If you think OAN is doing a good job, then you clearly wouldn’t see the problem.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:45 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      And the two party system is in place to give the illusion that we have a say in who is elected and how the country is run, what is does is keep us divided and fighting among ourselves….as planned. The last thing they want is for the majority to stand united, they want us divided…makes us easier to control.

  2. lexattorney
    4:13 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    This is just beyond ridiculous. Any person has the right to wear a shirt supporting his or her favorite network. If his players don’t like the network that’s their right but it is also Gundy’s to show his support. This shit is getting out of hand. Let the players transfer if they so choose.

    • UKFanSC
      4:52 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink


    • Blue Jesus
      6:44 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      “Any person has the right to wear a shirt supporting his or her favorite network. If his players don’t like the network that’s their right but it is also Gundy’s to show his support. […] Let the players transfer if they so choose.”

      What you said is exactly what’s happening. He has a right to wear the shirt and his players have the right to respond however they’d like. The system works.

    • lexattorney
      9:10 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Meanwhile there are sports media outlets speculating as to whether this will affect Gundy’s job…some players complaining about a t shirt with a news network’s logo. He could lose his job over a t shirt that he wore ON A FISHING TRIP that had no political, let alone racist or offensive, content. Think about that. The “system,” as you call it most definitely does not work.

    • everythingsblue3
      7:48 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      And you watch…they will all transfer to more “inclusive” and a more “racially sensitive” (liberal) universities that will pander to, and allow this type of mutiny within an athletic program all in the name of “whatereverimacussedofbeingtonight”

      When that happens, what goes with it?

      The worst result is the further degradation of our society as a whole…

      The second worst, IMHO, is a division between our fan base. Those who will bow to this, and concede, and those like me, who will not.

      Of course black lives matter…ALL LIVES MATTER!

    • lexattorney
      9:06 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Be careful saying, “All lives matter,” around here! You will stir up the snowflakes who will call you racist but don’t realize that they are committing the sin of exclusion

    • njcat
      12:25 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      ‘All lives matter’ was created as a response and to downplay the BLM movement by racists who don’t like the fact that black people are standing up for themselves.

      Maybe listen for a change instead of following your natural instincts to not give a crap about the pain others are suffering.

    • _lilman_
      6:44 am June 16, 2020 Permalink


  3. jack8291
    4:17 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Ridiculous . OAN isn’t any worse than defund police , or any fat left crap . They do talk about conspiracy theories and stuff .. this is stupid

    • east-ky-boy
      8:14 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Yep both sides has conspiracy theories. One said Obama is a Muslim and wasn’t born here. Other says trump is with the Russians and blah blah. I’m sick of the division. I hate the defund police crap too. That won’t fix our country.

  4. blueballs80
    4:22 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Didn’t one of their OAN hosts Graham Ledger call the Black Lives Moment a criminal organization? Also said Muslims shouldn’t enter the country. Why subscribe to bigotry?

    • Mc12
      4:43 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      In China they throw Muslims in detention centers….yet NBA athletes and Nike won’t speak out about it because of $$$$$

    • lexattorney
      4:48 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Well, blueballs, if the anchor did say that it doesn’t mean Gundy agrees. I watch a lot of networks, commentators, etc., with whom I disagree on some issues. I guess you subscribe to the snowflake philosophy: “I’ll stand up for your rights as long as you agree with me 100%.”

    • lexattorney
      4:49 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      BTW, I am HIGHLY offended by the name “blueballs” due to its vulgarity and am now working to have you fired from your job. See how that works?

    • blueballs80
      5:06 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      @Lexattorney. You’re equating my screen name to vulgarity. It maybe vulgar but its not racist ! Lets see what else you can dig up? Some attorney you are, if you are actually one.

    • lexattorney
      5:14 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Show me where I said it was racist. If you’re trying to imply that Gundy’s shirt is racist you’ve already won this argument for me.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:38 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks, fellas, for shining light on blueballs.
      It’s otherwise known as epididymal hypertension; and, if I remember when I was 15, it hurts like hell.
      I’m agin it.

  5. BellCat
    4:24 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Sad that these good athletes are snowflakes, incapable of allowing their coach to have a different preference in news outlets than they have. If OAN is conservative enough to draw rebukes from KSR, then I’m going to have to check it out.

    • JoeBee
      4:32 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      No doubt. I’m going to have to see what all the hub·bub is about.

    • ComfortablyNumb94
      6:57 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      The coach has every right to wear the shirt, the player has every right to no longer want to play for the coach. Easy.

  6. madarchitect
    4:42 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    As if CNN, FOX, and MSNBC are not fake enough. Those allowing cable “news” to influence their views are mentally weak.

    4:48 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    O COME ON. If anyone can put aside their personal political affiliations for 1 second, this is ridiculous.

  8. tncatrn
    4:48 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Easy on here fellas….you get labeled a racist if your views are different from the oh so “tolerant” left. Biggest hypocrits around are snowflakes with an avenue for their opinions

  9. Tyler
    4:51 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    OAN has articles written by Russian Nationals who also write for Sputnik. They’re a propaganda network…so you radical conservatives would love it.

    • lexattorney
      4:56 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Nice! I’m checking it out now.

    • jack8291
      4:58 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      BLM wants to ‘disrupt the nuclear family structure ‘ and they’re not writing articles , but taking over some of our cities

    • njcat
      12:40 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      BLM’s primary message is that Black Lives Matter too. They really haven’t mattered much up to now.

      OAN survives by propagating conspiracy theories that clueless people lap up. It’s scary how many of them there are, and it is destroying our country.

    • lexattorney
      8:32 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Way to practice exclusion! If you don’t believe that we’re all in this together then you are exactly what you claim to condemn.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:16 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      njcat, that is simply not true. If, as some say, the meaning of saying Black Lives Matter is not “Only Black Lives Matter”, but rather “Black Lives Matter Too”, then why is it that when I say “All Lives Matter” they take that to mean “Only White Lives Matter”? All means ALL, and I am serious when I say that all lives matter.

    4:56 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    So this running back is thinking about missing out on a Heisman campaign because of a t-shirt his coach wore. I guess one could spin it as sacrificing personal gain for their beliefs, but I’m going to call it what it is. Stupid. If one doesn’t develop some self sabotaging behaviors, should they be assumed racist?

  11. trujustin
    5:31 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Blah, blah, blah, I don’t care, blah, blah, blah. People get so butt hurt in today’s political climate. Man up and quit whining about a damn T-shirt. When you complain about something this trivial, it takes away from the real issues.

  12. trujustin
    5:32 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Also why is this even on KSR?

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      10:02 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      That is the best question anyone could ask about this. Roush seems to love posting racial clickbait, but it works, I am here.

  13. UoKFB PHAN
    5:37 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    While you guys are arguing about the other stuff I’m thinking … If he decides to transfer I wonder if he would consider UK?

  14. GettemBags
    5:38 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    All of you trashing this kid’s character and praising OAN need to actually watch what OAN says about black people here
    If you watch that and don’t understand this kid’s (and other’s) stance, then you’re just flat out a racist and need to admit it.

    • JEUofK
      6:13 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      She’s exactly right. BLM is not about black lives. Read the ‘About Us’ section.

      They actually use the word “comrade”. It’s nothing more than Marxist propaganda. They care about transgender restrooms and tearing apart two-parent families.

    • jack8291
      6:29 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      Much of that stuff is correct . It may not be cool to say , but it doesn’t mean it’s incorrect

    • southern thunder
      9:57 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      She has a fair point, I honesty didn’t know what their demands were for awhile after the George Floyd incident. All of the cops were charged with the highest crime they could under law. BLM did finally make their list of demands and one was for all white people to give their homes to a black family… LOL ok, we should totally take these people serious after looting, rioting, murdering innocent white people, and shutting down cities. BLM sand progressives need to GTFO while we still have a country.

  15. Eddiemcwildcat
    5:39 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    If you dont cowl to the left or heaven forbid have a different opinion, you’re branded a racist. They arent happy unless the country is divided. Im beyond sick of it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. STOP trying to force yours on me I’m not interested. Liberalism is a disease. Im praying for all of you. For all the race baiters…there is only one race…The Human Race.

    • southern thunder
      10:01 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      The left wouldn’t have a party if they weren’t pitting people against one another; by race, religion, etc, the things that mean the most to people.

  16. TPACAT
    5:42 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    The freaking inmates are running the asylum in this country nowadays…

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:36 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      It’s the new normal, been going on for a long time now.

  17. Han
    5:43 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    A non-zero number of the people crying in these comments probably also think KKK members get unfairly harassed by libs who call them racist when they’re just expressing their first amendment rights and having an opinion.

    OAN makes FOX actually look like a news network. (And FOX literally argues in court that they’re entertainment, not news, and shouldn’t be held accountable for lying because it’s just “opinions. “)

  18. SpontaneousHumanCombustion
    5:45 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    This guy is going to be in for a long, long, tormented life if he lets this get to him. He’s going to eventually find out that Twitter isn’t reality & there are actually living, breathing people out in the world who think differently than he does.

  19. Jambluehue99
    5:50 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Flags, statues, names of military bases, and now T-shirts. See how this works? The tolerant left believes only left speech is free speech. Anything conservative must be shut down. It’s a news network t-shirt. It’s not like he wore a t-shirt that supported a militant radical organization that supports anarchy and wants to defund the police, like some coaches.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      7:11 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      This. And he wore it on a fishing trip and not for a photo op.

    • TPACAT
      8:34 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, I don’t think Gundy’s gonna’ be making his BLM “hostage video” anytime soon, unlike our coach…

    • TPACAT
      8:42 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Well, looks like I stand corrected…

  20. shepdog3720
    5:52 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink


  21. The Blurr
    6:06 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky clearly has a lot of hillbilly hayseeds with tiny hands..

    • rlee7932
      6:17 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      They do however have their pearl clutching outrage of the day to amuse themselves.
      Tomorrow it will be an outrage over removing statues of a bunch of tratorius losers or decrying the latest supreme court decisions that bars further inequality, or it could be the latest flag controversy.
      Its nothing more than a bunch of bitter deadenders that realize that their views are under assault bu the MAJORITY of this country.
      Don’t worry guys NASCAR will still allow the rightful Confederate flag every race. It will be waved in every race when the leader enters the final lap, and its white.

    • Jambluehue99
      6:45 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink


    • jack8291
      7:04 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t care about statues , but they took every damn one of them down in New Orleans and it’s still a crime ridden shithole . I think a lot of people don’t see the point in a lot of this stuff ….including Gundy’s Tshirt .

  22. jaws2
    6:19 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    You guys fail to understand WHY this a post on a ‘sports’ site. This is ALL ABOUT CLICKS! This is no different then when Goodman or Forde post posts something to rile up BBN for clicks. Matt may be a lefty, but he knows what drives this wagon; CLICKS! He’s another capitalist lefty that doesn’t believe in your capitalism, just his.

    • TPACAT
      8:37 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      True and well said. “Good for me but not for thee”. They think they’re so much smarter than everyone else and “know better” than you do…

  23. TonyMontana
    7:40 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    left vs right, left vs right, god I’m so sick of this! Why are we so divided? Why do we hate each other so much? The news media. Both sides are just rabid! OANN, FOX, MSNBC, CNN. All 4 of them are just one upping each other and dividing the sides even more so, People are getting mad about stuff that they never would have cared about. Like kneeling. Never in the history of the world did we care about kneeling, but the president made it a big deal, so then fox news made it a big deal. I promise if it was a white dude kneeling for pro-life, the president would have loved it and cnn would have hated it. We’re all just getting mad over stupid stuff. Like BLM. How in the world can anyone be mad over BLM? It’s just equal rights?! Everyone should be pro that. Stop being a bigot, stop being stupid. Throw your hateful relics in a museum and lets fix this country.

    • east-ky-boy
      8:11 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      I agree. The problem is, both sides gets a watered down version of the truth. Kapernick has been played off as a “flag hater, disrespect our country…etc” by right wing media. Therefore all the rights hates him. Because that’s all they hear. Trump has done great things for our economy. Yes he needs to keep his mouth shut and stay off Twitter. But the left never hears the good. Because all they hear is the negative. Media is the problem

    • TPACAT
      8:40 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Not true. I’ve always been offended by disrespect toward our flag. Nothin new here. Whether it was those stinking hippies in the 60’s or the current crop of ungrateful millionaire NFL-types…

  24. east-ky-boy
    8:02 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    My thing is, if a liberal person wore a CNN shirt, (which is extremely liberal democratic) then nothing’s said. If someone was mad then Democrats would call them bigots. Our country is divided. I’ll agree with that. Yes, we need to rid our country of bad cops, racism and other problems. I’m all for standing to change that. But, the left side is calling for “equality”. Well if they TOO are hypocritical. My reason for saying that is, they are basically saying, “everyone has a right in our country to their own opinions and beliefs…..AS LONG AS it’s not against mine and don’t offend me”. I’ll admit I’m a conservative republican but I don’t like lots of things about Trump and was many things I didn’t like about Obama. To the people who gets mad at people for being pro-trump or pro-life etc, you are calling for equality. That runs both ways. Problem is, both liberal AND conservative media outlets fuels feuds. It sales. Until the media on both ends start just giving the facts and leave it up to us citizens to decide what we believe, then we will remain divided.

  25. east-ky-boy
    8:06 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    Well they too are*

  26. UKCatAttack
    9:31 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    I’m a registered Democrat and I can’t wait to vote for Trump in November. This nonsense is so out of control. I can see what’s happening, Joe Biden is the puppet that all of the crazy leftists think they can control.

    • PensacolaCat
      10:07 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

      There is a reason why a million people want to attend a Trump rally. I think we can all agree that Trump is no Abraham Lincoln, but who wants to live in fear of the mobs?

    • njcat
      12:32 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      You may be registered as one, but you aren’t one. No self-respecting Democrat would spew that BS.

    • TPACAT
      8:47 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Funny, no self-respecting American would vote Democrat…

    • lexattorney
      9:42 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Translation of njcat’s post—“No comrade shall disagree with the party! All will follow in agreement with every party belief and position!”

  27. Looother
    11:25 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    My sources say that OAN is excellent for news and fair reporting…

  28. Looother
    11:25 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    My sources say that OAN is excellent for news and fair reporting…

  29. Mc12
    11:49 pm June 15, 2020 Permalink

    I remember how angry he was when Kaepernick wore the Fidel Castro shirt and then was sympathetic to his communist regime

  30. njcat
    12:30 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Some of these good ‘ol boy coaches are digging their own graves. They won’t be able to recruit black players any more and their programs will crash and burn. So glad KY has coaches that listen to what their players care about, and don’t pull ignorant stuff like Gundy and Dabo.

    • PensacolaCat
      12:40 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Yah, screw personal beliefs and mindlessly follow the ideology of a bunch of 18 year old football players because you’re afraid of being called a racist. Brilliant observation and the obviously the solution to the current problems of this country.

    • TPACAT
      8:50 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Its not even worth the effort, Pensa. NJ couldn’t find his ass with both hands…

    • lexattorney
      8:30 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Why would their programs “crash and burn?” Why not the universities’ academic departments? Is it because black students are only good for playing sports? This is a PRIME example of stereotyping right here, folks, which is a form of racism in itself.

  31. PensacolaCat
    12:41 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Because njcat says so it must be right lol

  32. UoKFB PHAN
    3:45 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    @ antiquefurnitureandmidgets – here is my real point. Everyone can argue back and forth; the Dems. vs the Repub, the left vs. the right, etc. and both can make their points but does anybody really know the truth on every story? Person A will point to a news story they read or watched somewhere but person B will say they read a news story that said the exact opposite and then both sides will say the other is trying to take control of the country. Again, does anyone really, really know 100% for sure 100% of the time? The honest answer is no, therefore I try to stay out of debates as much as possible but when I do comment I’ll try to do so in a civil manner.

  33. Trinity45
    7:35 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    The cancel culture at it’s finest, get offended by a T shirt, don’t allow others to have opinions that differ from yours and on and on.

  34. Biglaw Dawgin'
    8:39 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    The irony here is that Mike Gundy actually ended up being the most accurate predictor of the coronavirus. He really didn’t say anything crazy, it just seemed controversial because it was at the height of media panic in March. Here’s what he said:
    He said 20 year old athletes are not really affected. Result: Correct.
    He said we’d could have a football season on time and even without fans. Result: Correct.
    He said he planned on getting back to work on May 1. Result: pretty dang close. Here in Florida we got back to work on May 18 so he was a lot closer than most were predicting at that time.