Former coach Jones 'roughed it' at OSU

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductee was in the office early and stayed late. That’s just a part of what it took to make the Cowboys post three 10-win seasons under Jones.

BY BERRY TRAMEL Published: August 6, 2012
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In the splendor of OSU’s newfound football status as a national power, sometimes we forget just how good the Cowboys were in the 1980s.

Not always. Not Monday night, when Pat Jones, the coach of those OSU teams, goes into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

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Pat Jones

• Born: Nov. 4, 1947, Memphis, Tenn.

• High school: Little Rock (Ark.) Hall

• College: Arkansas Tech, Arkansas (class of 1969)

• Presenter: Barry Switzer

• Claim to fame: 11-year head coach at OSU, where he led the Cowboys to three 10-win seasons in a five-year span (1984-88). Also coached as an assistant at Arkansas, SMU, Pitt and with NFL franchises Oakland and Miami.

Hall of Fame series

The Oklahoman concludes its series on the six men who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum:

• Friday: Dewey Selmon

• Saturday: Ferguson Jenkins

• Sunday: Lynne Draper, Jesse “Cab” Renick; Perry Maxwell

• Monday: Pat Jones

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