At Oklahoma State, we always Remember the Ten.
Ten years ago tonight, a plane carrying ten members of the OSU basketball family crashed on its way home from a game in Colorado. There were no survivors.
Those lost were two basketball players, a student trainer, radio announcers, student assistants, basketball opertion officers, pilots, and media directors. They were also (and more importantly) someone's sons, fathers, brothers, cousins, husbands and friends. And they were Cowboys. Which means that, to all of us, they were like family.
Last night, Oklahoma State hosted Texas at home. Before the game, all of the players, OSU and Texas, wore the same warm ups. Basketball is big in the Big 12. Clearly, everyone realizes that some things are bigger.The Ten were honored at halftime. OSU basketball retired the #10 jersey, in memory of the 10th anniversary of the crash. No other jersey has ever been retired.
The pain that the anniversary of a death brings is fresh and raw and never goes away. Please keep the families and friends of these men in your prayers today. If you want to read more about these men, I blogged about this last year here and here. Doug Gottlieb, a former OSU player, wrote a wonderful article last year as well. And yesterday, this heartbreaking article about Nate Fleming, a freshman walk-on, was posted.