Cale Gundy Era Began at Oklahoma 32 Years Ago With a Bang … and the ‘Cale Mary’

Cale Gundy Era Began at Oklahoma 32 Years Ago With a Bang … and the ‘Cale Mary’

Published August 8, 2022
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Gundy — the OU receivers coach who resigned unexpectedly late Sunday night following an apparently racially charged incident during a team meeting last week — was the most coveted high school player in the state of Oklahoma when he signed with the Sooners in 1990 out of Midwest City High School, and was a top-five national quarterback recruit.

But Mike, who set numerous Big Eight Conference records as a Cowboy, had previously (and strongly) considered being a Sooner. A quick drive down Sooner Road and Cale happily donned the Crimson and Cream when Gary Gibbs offered him a scholarship.

After serving as sophomore Steve Collins’ backup in easy non-conference victories over UCLA, Pitt and Tulsa (he completed 7-of-18 passes for 66 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions), Gundy sat the bench against Kansas — the only game in his career in which he was healthy and didn’t play.

Gundy finished the Red River Rivalry completing just 3-of-6 passes for 51 yards and engineered a 51-yard drive in the final two minutes that set up a game-winning field goal try. But R.D. Lashar’s 46-yard field goal went wide left and Texas held on to a 14-13 win.