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Oklahoma State review finds Gundy isn’t racist

Oklahoma State review finds Gundy isn’t racist

An Oklahoma State University review of Mike Gundy’s behavior did not reveal evidence of racism, athletic director Mike Holder announced Thursday.The probe was launched last month after Gundy drew criticism for wearing a T-shirt with the logo of OAN (One America News Network). Cowboys running Chuba Hubbard tweeted that Gundy wearing the shirt was “unacceptable,” and Gundy apologized the next day to his players for the “pain and discomfort” he created.Holder’s statement Thursday read, “We have spent the past couple weeks reviewing our program and talking with current and former players. Our internal review found that Coach Gundy needs to invest more time in building stronger relationships with his student-athletes. However, our review has uncovered no signs or indication of racism.”After meeting with Coach Gundy, I am confident that he listened to his student-athletes. I believe he is genuine in his commitment to strengthening relationships with his players. I believe this to be a win for everyone. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact this will have on our team.”Oklahoma State University president Burns Hargis said in a statement, in part, “After discussing the results of a review of our football program conducted by Mike Holder and (deputy athletic director) Chad Weiberg, the underlying issue was a lack of personal relationships between the head coach and players rather than anything racial. This issue is fixable.”After meeting with both Mike Holder and Mike Gundy, I believe they are committed to taking steps to strengthen the relationships, which will improve communications and the program.”