Eddie Sutton is headed to Kansas City, Mo., this weekend. He's being inducted Sunday night into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
When he returns, he plans a trip to Stillwater. There's a basketball team that might draw strength from his words.
OSU women's coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna died Thursday night in an Arkansas plane crash — 10 years and 10 months after 10 members of Sutton's OSU men's basketball traveling party died in a plane crash.
“A catastrophe,” Sutton called it. “Certainly brought back a lot of unpleasant memories.”
But Sutton said he would try, if he addresses the Cowgirls next week.
“You just don't get over that very quickly,” Sutton said.
Sutton and Budke had lunch together a few weeks ago. Sutton still was coaching the Cowboys when Budke arrived in 2005.
“Kurt was a dear friend,” Sutton said. “I tried to help him a little bit when he came (in 2005). Really a quality human being.
“It has not been a good day. Has not been a good day for many people.”
Sutton was dismayed at the odds of two OSU plane crashes in an 11-year period.
“You know, there are so many coaches today that fly private aircraft,” Sutton said. “To think we're the only ones to lose someone in an 11-year period … That is weird.
“You'd think if a plane went down, it would go down someplace else. You wonder why something like that would happen. But accidents do happen.”