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Oklahoma State plane crash anniversary: How Kurt Budke’s ‘win the next five minutes’ approach sustains his widow

SHELLEY BUDKE — The plane crash that killed her husband and three others left a hole in her life that she fills the way Kurt Budke rallied his teams when they faced great obstacles. “Win the next five minute.”

BY JENNI CARLSON Published: November 17, 2012

STILLWATER — Shelley Budke remembers looking down at the huddle and seeing her husband celebrating with his players.

His team could be down 20 or 30 points — and that first season, it often was — but there he’d be back patting and high fiving. Everyone in his ragtag band of seven players at Kansas City Kansas Community College would be smiling.

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