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Lawsuit against Mike Gundy over Oklahoma shirt moves forward

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The Bedlam rivalry is heading to the courtroom, as nearly two years after a lawsuit was initially filed, a contractor’s claim against Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is moving forward.

Back in August of 2011, Brent Loveland sued Gundy and his wife Kristen for firing him over wearing an Oklahoma baseball shirt to his first day on the job at their house in Stillwater. Loveland claims Gundy approached him said he was offending Mrs. Gundy with “that [expletive] shirt you have on.”

Gundy’s wife was later dropped from the suit, but there will be a pretrial conference on June 17. The details of Loveland’s claim, from the Tulsa World:

In the suit filed in August 2011, Brent Loveland of Choctaw seeks damages of more than $10,000 on the basis that he was fired from a construction job at Gundy’s home because he showed up wearing a University of Oklahoma baseball shirt.

Court documents state Loveland was to be paid at least $80,600 for trim installation during a 13-week period starting in March 2011. He also claims to have lost more than $30,000 in potential income because he turned down other jobs during that time.

Loveland’s reason for wearing the shirt? He got dressed in the dark. The contractor’s attorney has (understandably) asked for a change in venue due to Gundy’s (understandable) popularity in the area. The Cowboys coach must feel pretty confident to let the case go this far, considering ten grand wouldn’t make a very big dent in his approximately three-million-per-year salary.

Gundy has been in the news a lot this offseason, mainly for his decision to restrict the transfer of outgoing quarterback Wes Lunt. The Sooners and Cowboys face off in the final week of the 2013 season, December 7 in Stillwater.

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