HBO report on OSU plane crash includes poignant moments from new coach Jim Littell

Much of the report focuses on the 2001 plane crash that claimed 10 lives
by Mel Bracht Published: March 20, 2012

Much of Armen Keteyian's report on the Oklahoma State University plane crash tragedies, which debuted Tuesday night on HBO's “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” is a rehash of the January 2001 accident that claimed 10 lives.

HBO reaired much of its first report from March 2001, including an interview with coach Eddie Sutton about switching players from the two small jets to the ill-fated turboprop plane and an interview with Phyllis Lawson about how her son Daniel, who was killed in the crash, was terrified of flying on the small planes.

Keteyian discussed the National Safety Transportation Board's conclusion in 2003 that pilot error led to the crash and how the university revised its travel policy to require full-time pilots, the planes to have two or more engines and that the university pay for the planes.

The report noted how the November 2011 crash that claimed the lives of women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna, the pilot and his wife was exempt from OSU's travel policy because no players were on the plane.

Jim Littell, who was promoted from associate head coach to head coach after the tragedy, told Keteyian that flying on small planes is a necessity for college basketball coaches.

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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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