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ESPN plans Outside the Lines panel on OSU plane crash anniversary

by Mel Bracht Modified: January 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm •  Published: January 20, 2011

ESPN commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the Oklahoma State plane crash with a report and panel discussion on “Outside the Lines” at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Reporter Tom Friend talked with several people associated with the OSU program at the time, including coach Eddie Sutton and assistant coach Kyle Keller. Sutton had Keller switch planes with Keller's cousin, walk-on point guard Nate Fleming, who was among the 10 people killed in the crash 30 miles east of Denver following the game with Colorado on Jan. 27, 2001.

“I saw every one of them looking at me through the window,” said Keller, on having gone back to check on the ill-fated plane. “And it's not a great feeling to know I was the last person, in my mind, at least, to see them alive.”

Following the report, BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock, whose son Will Hancock was an OSU media relations staffer killed in the crash, and ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb, a Cowboys' point guard who graduated the year before the crash, will discuss the tragedy.

Friend also will have a report on the tragedy on ESPN's “College GameDay” on Saturday in the 10 to 11 a.m. hour.

Gottlieb will be part of the broadcast crew for the Texas at OSU basketball game at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2, one day before the actual anniversary. He will be joined by Mark Jones, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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