The sordid saga surrounding Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has oozed its way into an unfortunate corner of Colorado football history.
Gundy, outspoken even in quiet times, came under fire this week after a photo surfaced from a fishing trip last week in which he was donning a T-shirt for One American News, the far-right cable channel that attempts to legitimize wild conspiracy theories and once dismissed the Black Lives Matter agenda as a farce.
Gundy has since offered two different apology videos after OSU star running back Chuba Hubbard led an online player revolt attempting to hold Gundy accountable for his views. While Gundy attempts to reconcile with his players, scrutiny over his past actions has unearthed charges made by former Colorado star Alfred Williams that Gundy, then OSU’s quarterback, called him the N-word multiple times during a 1989 game between the Buffaloes and Cowboys.
A story on Nov. 12, 1989 in the Daily Oklahoman — one day after a 41-17 CU victory at OSU — reported Williams’ postgame comments, with several of his fellow Buffs defenders backing up Williams’ story. That report also features quotes from former CU linebacker Kanavis McGhee saying Gundy also directed racial epithets toward him.
On Wednesday, Williams, now a radio host with CU’s broadcast partners at KOA 850, was interviewed anew by the Oklahoman and said that was the only time during a football career that included nine seasons in the NFL in which racial slurs were hurled at him on the field.
At the time, Gundy denied the allegations and deflected the controversy by citing a 1989 Sports Illustrated story that detailed some of the off-the-field issues that stained coach Bill McCartney’s program — none of which had anything to do with Williams.
“I want an apology from him and I want to see him have some growth,” Williams told the Oklahoman on Wednesday. “If he denies that he said (that), I have at least 20 people who will vouch for what happened that day.
“I’m a little upset, because after 31 years I finally saw the story published in your papers out in Oklahoma. That was the first time I saw some of the responses to what I said.”
Williams, who added Wednesday was the first time he became aware of Gundy’s postgame comments from almost 31 years ago, continued:
“I’m part of the College Football Hall of Fame. So why would I be part of anything that is dishonorable? The fact that he tried to discredit me, it’s 31 years later and I just saw the article for the first time today, so, yeah, I’m a little upset.”
Williams’ on-field encounter with Gundy isn’t the end of the Buffs’ connection to the embattled OSU coach’s troubles.
On Thursday morning, former CU offensive tackle Arlington Hambright posted a comment on his Twitter account that seemingly referred to Gundy. Hambright, selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of April’s NFL draft, arrived at CU last year as a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State. A former junior college player who spent two years in Gundy’s program, Hambright earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in his lone season with the Buffs.
Via Twitter, Hambright said on Thursday morning: “It’s some college coaches that think they are untouchable, see how all that bad come back around to bit you, Blessed I got out a bad situation.”