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OU's Cale Gundy continues to needle Alabama coach Nick Saban

by Ryan Aber Published: June 30, 2014

Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy continues to take jabs at Alabama’s Nick Saban nearly six months after the Sooners beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl.

Gundy’s latest prodding of Saban came this weekend when Gundy tweeted an ESPN screenshot showing the four highest-paid coaches in college football.

Pointing out that OU coach Bob Stoops has a higher winning percentage than Saban, Gundy tweeted, "Looks like my Boss should be at the top!"

Gundy removed the tweet on Monday.

After his raise last week, Stoops is now second on the list behind only Saban. Only Texas’ Charlie Strong and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin join the pair in earning more than $5 million a year to coach college football.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with Gundy believing that Stoops should be the highest paid coach in college football, though the winning percentage stat used on the graphic certainly is far from telling the whole story.

Saban has won four national titles while Stoops has one and Alabama has been more successful by virtually any measure in recent years. Saban’s winning percentage includes his time at Michigan State and LSU. In the seven seasons he’s been at Alabama, the Crimson Tide have posted a .840 winning percentage, better than Stoops’ .804 percentage showed by the graphic.

The tweet, though, likely wouldn’t have drawn much in the way of attention if it weren’t for a tweet Gundy posted in March.

In the post, since deleted, Gundy said of the failure of the 10-second rule to pass: “Looks like someone came up short again. You better take that SEC country somewhere else. Let’s Play Faster. #Boomer.”

Gundy later apologized.

“I apologize for my last tweet. My passion for OU football is crazy. I respect the great college football teams. #Boomer Sooner,” he tweeted.

Of course, Stoops had plenty to say about the SEC last offseason and we saw how that turned out both for OU, Alabama and the SEC.

Many preseason projections have the Sooners and Crimson Tide meeting again after this season in the inaugural four-team playoff.

Not that there wouldn’t be plenty of storylines anyway with such a meeting but Gundy’s posts certainly keep the fire stoked.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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