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Oklahoma State basketball retires No. 10

by Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson and John Helsley Modified: January 27, 2011 at 10:20 am •  Published: January 26, 2011

STILLWATER — The number 10 already holds a special place in Oklahoma State history.

Now, that place has been forever memorialized.

The Cowboys retired the No. 10 during a halftime ceremony Wednesday night, the eve of the 10th anniversary of the plane crash. It was the culmination of an evening of events honoring the 10 members of the OSU basketball family who died on a return trip from Colorado.

Cowboy basketball has no other retired numbers.

A new banner recognizing The 10 was dropped from the Gallagher-Iba Arena rafters, replacing the banner that has hung there since the crash.

“These were 10 great lives,” former OSU great Desmond Mason said during the ceremony as he spoke directly to the family members in attendance. “They made an impact on this university, and they will always be remembered.

“Thank you very much for allowing them to be in our lives.”

Former players Andre Williams and Doug Gottlieb also addressed the crowd before Eddie Sutton took the microphone. The legendary coach spoke of the difficulty that faced everyone in the program and in the Cowboy family in those days following the crash.

“That accident affected Oklahoma State University like nothing that had ever happened before,” he said. “It changed our lives.”

It changed Sutton. He said he pledged after the crash to tell his family every day that he loved them, a promise he has kept.

He said the accident also made him realize that family extended beyond blood.

“We have become a whole family because of this accident,” Sutton said as he looked at the section where the families and players sat. “Those 10 guys were special. There wasn't a bad guy in that whole lot.”

10th anniversary of the OSU plane crash
by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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