After a whirlwind of a day where the Oklahoma State football program appeared to be crumbling before our very eyes (for some at least), head coach Mike Gundy and star running back Chuba Hubbard posted a video on social media showing that a meeting occurred and change is on the way.
The purpose of the uproar was a t-shirt worn by Gundy at the lake that many players, both current and former, considered to be insensitive. Hubbard was the first one to speak up about the issue, saying that he would not be participating in any activities until changes were made. Many players echoed Hubbard’s sentiments, but it appears that the discussion that happened as a result had a solid conclusion for both sides.
Even after the video, Hubbard made it clear that there is much progress to be made.
Regardless of how you feel about Gundy’s choice of t-shirt or Hubbard’s (and his teammates) reaction to the situation, what’s important is that both side were able to come together in a healthy manner to discuss the situation at hand. At the end of the day, it appears that positive changes are going to be made and worked towards, and while the situation very well may have been blown out of proportion from the get go, the conclusion of the matter appears to be positive.
The key to this situation, as is many other misunderstandings, is communication. Gundy’s shirt, which many are completely okay with, was viewed as insensitive by a large number of his players. Hubbard took issue, but he responded on social media rather than going to his coach. In the end, a mere conversation was able to move everyone into a better direction and bring about real change, and I think that’s something that we can all appreciate moving forward.