Texas is partial to its shade of orange, but on the night that Oklahoma State honored the 10 men who died in the plane crash 10 years ago, the Longhorns made an exception.
They wore some Cowboy orange.
Texas players sported the same commemorative “Remember The 10” shirts that were given to fans Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. They wore them during pregame warm-ups, then on the bench throughout the game.
“That was classy,” OSU coach Travis Ford said.
Texas coach Rick Barnes said of his decision to have his players wear the shirts, “This is a game. This is temporary. There's just much bigger things out there.”
Barnes is the only current Big 12 basketball coach who was in the conference when the crash occurred.
“What I remember more than anything is we had just landed in Austin from Arizona, and the first thing that went through my mind was Coach Sutton,” he said of former Cowboy coach Eddie Sutton. “Tonight he came into the locker room and we had a few minutes together. I really thought a lot about him today.”
The entire Longhorn contingent also paused at the memorial to pay its respects before the game.
“I just remember that day,” Barnes said. “I never will forget it.”
MOMENT OF SILENT
Prior to tipoff, Gallagher-Iba Arena stood silent in remembrance of the men who died in the plane crash.
Public address announcer Larry Reece read the names of The 10 as a picture of each appeared on the scoreboard.
The silence lasted 10 seconds.