Although some of Jim Traber’s colleagues at The Sports Animal radio network are proclaiming that OSU football coach Mike Gundy has been banned from Traber’s afternoon show, Traber has denied that. Instead, the former OSU quarterback said he has shocked that Gundy has stopped returning his emails and phone calls.
“I have a 20-year relationship with this guy. He has literally stopped returning any text messages or phone calls,” Traber said Friday morning. “I have found out from good sources that he has told his family don’t talk to me either. And I have no idea why it is, and he won’t tell me.
“What I said basically is, if he doesn’t want to come on my show, my show will continue to survive. I just think it is shocking that a guy who has had a relationship with me for 20 years has just decided that he’s not going to talk and not tell me why. If I said or did something wrong, he could very easily say it. It’s not a question if he’s banned from my show. I’m sure he doesn’t even care. I know he cares enough to tell his family members not to talk to me. Something is going on.”
Traber said he has a good relationship with his alma mater and noted that Cowboy Xpress magazine recently published an article on him.
“I have good ties. I have a lot of connections. There are a bunch of people at OSU who agree with me. There are OSU fans who think I’m too honest and don’t want to hear it. I think there are a bunch of people up there that realize I’m just doing my job and telling the truth.
“I know there are a bunch of people up there that aren’t happy with Mike Gundy as well. He’s a big-time football coach, no doubt about it. That guy has done a good job. He’s burnt a lot of bridges. I don’t know what’s going on.”
Traber, who signed a multiyear contract with the Sports Animal last October, said he was “very, very happy” working with the network.
–Mel Bracht, sports media columnist