Gundy seeks May 1 return to football

Although it is unlikely, Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy plans to have his Cowboys back at work on May 1.

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April 8, 2020 - 10:21 AM

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy returns some of the nation's top talent at running back and wide receiver this fall. The Cowboys could be ready to challenge for the Big 12 championship. Photo by HUNTER DYKE/MEMPHIS TRIBUNE

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday he hopes to have his team return to its facilities on May 1, a proposed timetable that would defy federal social-distancing guidelines and was quickly disputed by the university and its athletic director.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against gatherings of 50 or more people through May 11 to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, which as of Tuesday had infected more than 380,000 people in the United States — more than any other country in the world — and killed 81,000 worldwide, including at least 11,000 in the U.S.

Gundy, who has been outspoken about his right-wing politics, also said in a conference call with reporters that the media has been too negative in its coverage of what he called the “Chinese virus.”

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