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Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Chuba Hubbard make amends after OAN shirt controversy

Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Chuba Hubbard make amends after OAN shirt controversy

After a photo of Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy wearing an OAN (One America News) shirt, his star running back Chuba Hubbard responded on Twitter by saying he would, "not being doing anything with Oklahoma State until things change."

Gundy seemingly heard his player's message loud and clear, so the two got together the very next day and explained a team meeting to address matters the OSU program can address moving forward to make real change. 

"In the light of today's tweet with the t-shirt I was wearing, I spoke to some players and realized it's a very sensitive issue with what's going on in today's society," Gundy said. "We had a great meeting, were made aware of some things that players feel that could make our culture even better than it is here at Oklahoma State, and I'm looking forward to making some changes and it starts at the top with me, and we've got good days ahead."

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Hubbard also made sure to apologize for handling the situation on a public space and not going to his coach directly first. 

"I went about it the wrong way by tweeting," Hubbard said. "I'm not someone that has to tweet something to bring change, I should've went to [Gundy] as a man... And that's bad on my part. But from now on we're going to focus on bringing change and that's the most important thing."

Hubbard is coming off a stellar sophomore season where he rushed for 2.094 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has Heisman aspirations and Oklahoma State will likely go as far as Hubbard can take them in 2020. 

Some good news for the Cowboys now that their coach and star player are seemingly back on good terms and the program is now actively working toward changing their culture for the better. 

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Maryland's Big Ten title hopes go through Iowa as star Luka Garza to return for senior season

Maryland's Big Ten title hopes go through Iowa as star Luka Garza to return for senior season

The Maryland Terrapins men's basketball program clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season title this past season, the first time the team has accomplished the feat since joining the conference in 2014.

However, the task to repeat as conference champions became a lot more difficult on Sunday, as Iowa star Luka Garza announced his intention to return to the Hawkeyes for his senior season.

The center announced his decision on Twitter on Sunday, posting a highlight video announcing his return.

Garza, the Big Ten Player of the Year a season ago, averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. With the 6-foot-11 center returning to Iowa, the Hawkeyes are certainly the team to beat in the conference entering the season.

The Terps already had an uphill battle to repeat as Big Ten champs, as the team's two best players from a season ago are no longer with the team. Point guard Anthony Cowan graduated from the university after a stellar four-year career, while sophomore center Jalen Smith decided to forego his final two seasons and enter the NBA Draft.

"I'm very excited to be back with my teammates and look towards winning a National Championship, winning a Big Ten championship," Garza said. "We have big goals in mind."

The news is tough for Maryland fans, as Garza is one of the many players in recent years that played their high school ball in the DMV before heading to college elsewhere. Garza, who played his high school basketball at the Maret School in Washington, D.C. just nine miles south from College Park, was never offered a scholarship by Terps head coach Mark Turgeon.

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Report: Pac-12 players threaten to sit out entire 2020 season citing safety, racial injustice concerns

Report: Pac-12 players threaten to sit out entire 2020 season citing safety, racial injustice concerns

Pac-12 football players are preparing to opt-out of the 2020 season in the event that the league doesn't address a list of concerns about racial injustice, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and other demands. 

According to ESPN, the group's goal is to "obtain a written contract with the PAC-12 that legally ensures we are offered the following protections and benefits."

The complete list of protections and benefits was not made public, however, it's been reported that "safe play amid the pandemic, fighting racial injustice, securing economic rights and fair compensation, protecting all sports and obtaining long-term health insurance," are a few of them. 

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The Pac-12 issued a statement Saturday stating that it has yet to hear from the group — the players plan to make a public "statement of unity" and a full list of their demands as early as Sunday through traditional and social media. 

"Neither the Conference nor our university athletics departments have been contacted by this group regarding these topics," a Pac-12 statement said. "We support our student-athletes using their voice and have regular communications with our student-athletes at many different levels on a range of topics. As we have clearly stated with respect to our fall competition plans, we are, and always will be, directed by medical experts, with the health, safety and well being of our student athletes, coaches and staff always the first priority. We have made it clear that any student athlete who chooses not to return to competition for health or safety reasons will have their scholarship protected."

The Pac-12 announced its 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 season on Friday.

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