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College Football World Shreds Mike Gundy After Comments on Coronavirus

Gundy got crushed for his stance on football’s potential return.



Mike Gundy caught the attention of the college football world on Tuesday after saying in a teleconference with reporters that he wants to get back to football by May 1 by using advanced testing and screening measures he hopes to have at his disposal.

It wasn’t those ambitions that got him the attention, though, but rather, the sheer will — and ignorance — with which he exercised his belief that a May 1 goal could become reality.

In my opinion, if have to bring our players back, test them,” Gundy said. “They’re in good shape, they’re all 18, 19, 20, 21, 22-years old and healthy. A lot of them can fight it off with their natural body, their antibodies and build-up they have … those that are asymptomatic. If that’s true, then we sequester them. And people say that that’s crazy, no it’s not crazy, because we need to continue to budget and run money through the state of Oklahoma.”

Gundy also used his platform to dangerously liken the coronavirus, which has killed thousands of people already in a short amount of time and which has no vaccine, to the flu, saying if people got sick they could get quarantined and treated in a similar fashion.

“We get people that get the flu during the season,” he said. “We quarantine them, we treat them, we make sure they’re healthy, we bring ’em back. It would be the same thing here, but at some point, we’ve got to go back to work. We’ve got to get these guys back in here.”

He added that a May 1 goal is just that: a goal. But it’s a target.

“From what I read, the healthy people can fight this; the antibodies make it better. They’re doing some blood transplants now with the people that have already gotten the disease, that have gotten over it that have the antibodies that can fight it. There’s a lot of people who can figure this out. May 1’s our goal. Don’t know if it will happen. Players will come in after that.”

Those comments did not sit well with the college football world.

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