NCAA Football News and Notes: Gundy Apologizes For Shirt

Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy came under fire this week after a picture emerged of him wearing an OAN shirt. His star running back, Chuba Hubbard, called out his coach and said things needed to change around the Cowboys program, or he wouldn’t be participating.

Gundy has never shied away from controversy and has been fairly vocal about his right-wing views. OAN, a far-right cable channel, called Black Lives Matter a farce and leans way to the right. After the Twitter post calling out his coach, Hubbard appeared in a video with Gundy saying things would change.

Gundy’s apology and call for change remain to be seen. Reports are just now emerging about a former player at Colorado, Alfred Williams, saying Gundy called him the N-word in a 1989 game between the two schools when Gundy was playing quarterback.

Williams went on to play nine seasons in the NFL. Gundy is the winningest coach in program history, where he was also a star player.

Washington Lands Transfer Quarterback

Jacob Eason left some big shoes to fill for Washington, but the Huskies may have found their starting quarterback for next season in Sacramento State graduate transfer Kevin Thomson.

Thomson led the Sacramento State to the second round of the FCS playoffs and was tied for third in Walter Payton Award voting. Thomson was also voted to the third-team AP All-American team.

Thomson threw for 3,216 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is a dual-threat quarterback as he also rushed for 12 touchdowns and 619 yards on the ground.

ACC To Hold Virtual Media Day

Due to the coronavirus, the Atlantic Coast Conference has decided to move its media days to a virtual setting. The event was originally scheduled for Charlotte, NC, but will now be held virtually July 21 through July 23.

The event will be shown on the ACC Network. All head coaches and select players will be interviewed.

Big Sky Conference Gives Election Day Off

Student-athletes in the Big Sky Conference will get the day off on Election Day so that they can vote. The conference announced that it would not have any athletic activities so that the students have time to go vote.

There has been a big push nationally after the protests so that student-athletes can make their voices heard at the ballot box. The NCAA has encouraged all of its members to not have practices or games on Nov. 3, but it will be up to the individual schools to decide how they will handle it.

Former South Carolina Stars Want Center Renamed

Former South Carolina stars Alshon Jeffrey and Marcus Lattimore want the Strom Thurmond Wellness Center renamed. Thurmond served 48 years in the Senate but is a well-known segregationist.

Both players took to Twitter to ask for change, as Thurmond’s views do not represent equality. A petition is circulating to get the center renamed as the voice for equality strengthens across the nation.

Clemson has already renamed its honors college, which was named after John C. Calhoun. Calhoun was a slave owner and a secessionist. People have been calling for his name to be removed for some time, but recent events finally moved the university to act.

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