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.
I will not stand for this.. 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. https://t.co/psxPn4Khoq
— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 15, 2020
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.
Can’t stay Silent Anymore! Call a Spade a Spade!! https://t.co/Ya8xTYIwEr
— AJ Green III (@AjGofor6) June 15, 2020
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.