OSU football: Mike Holder did not contact Alfred Williams during Mike Gundy investigation
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State athletic officials did not contact former Colorado star Alfred Williams about his racial allegations against football coach Mike Gundy during their internal investigation.
OSU athletic director Mike Holder said he “didn’t feel the need to do it” during a Zoom teleconference with media Friday to discuss the investigation.
“I think the actions of Mike Gundy since he's been our head football coach for the last 15 years are more important than what happened 31 years ago,” Holder said. “I believe that he’s been a good representative for us within the team. I think he stands for the right things. I like the core values of our football program, that it’s really based on.
“There’s a reason we’ve won a lot of football games. I think that he’s developed high-character kids, I love the way our players play the game, I love the way they represent our university, I like the discipline within the program, I like the fact that we play by the rules. That’s really important to us.”
Last month, Williams said Gundy called him the N-word twice as a player during a game in Stillwater in 1989. Williams also made the allegations after the game 31 years ago. Multiple Colorado teammates at the time also said Gundy called them the N-word.
Gundy denied the allegations in 1989. But he has not commented since. Williams said he wants an apology, but not for Gundy to lose his job.
Williams told The Oklahoman on Friday that he will address the investigation on Monday.
For Holder’s investigation, he felt Williams’ allegations were addressed in 1989. He focused only on the present concerns, which led to the investigation and contract adjustments.
“There’s nothing that’s come out in Mike Gundy’s 15 years as the leader of our football program or nothing that came out in the conversations that I’ve had in the last two weeks with all the current and former players,” Holder said. “That’s what I’m concerned about. That’s gratifying to me and I think that says a lot about the leadership within our football program.”