The University of Kansas football coach is resigning after he was caught on video saying racial slurs against black players, and he will not be replaced by Kansas State’s athletic director.
Jim Mora, the Kansas State athletic director, said in a statement late Thursday that Gundy was not the person he expected to be.
“We do not have a role for Mike Gundyl or his staff in the Kansas football program,” Mora said.
“It is our hope that the community at large can move on with their lives.”
Gundy, 58, was hired in January to lead the Wildcats to a 10-2 record and a bowl game berth in his first season.
He has won three Big 12 championships, including the 2010 national championship, and led Kansas to the 2010 College Football Playoff national championship.
Gundy said in an interview with the Kansas City Star earlier this month that he did not feel comfortable speaking up publicly after seeing the video.
The comments came during a March 23 conference call with reporters in which he said he was “shocked” to see racial slurs.
“I didn’t think I was going to be the coach of Kansas State.
I don’t know how many black players we’re going to lose,” Gundy said on the call.
“And I didn’t know it was going on in this country.
And I was shocked.”
He said he would take a year off from coaching before returning to the field and not discussing the incident.
In his resignation, Gundy told KCTV in Kansas City that he is “shamed” for the comments.
“To my black and Hispanic brothers and sisters, you are not alone.
You are not special,” he said.”
If I had done it in a private place, I would not be where I am today.
And it was never my intention to offend anyone.
But I do feel very uncomfortable with this.”
Gundy was accused of racism by several Kansas State players, including quarterback Alex Kozak.
The coach denied that in an April 4 email to the Kansas Times.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.