Kurt Budke and the Oklahoma State women's basketball team have taken charge in the Big 12. The coach took charge with "The Q&A,” too, not even waiting for any Q's. Kurt Budke: All right, you little trouble maker. I've got everybody trying to muss up my hair now. Jenni Carlson: So, you saw my video about your hair? KB: And what kind of word is muss? Is that a word? JC: M-u-s-s. That's a good word. KB: OK, well, everybody's trying to muss it up now. My wife sent that to everybody. JC: But your hair is your style, your signature. KB: I'm not going to change for anybody. It's easy for me. JC: You're a dad with teenagers, and you still have all that hair. Play it up. KB: At least I've got something to muss up, right? JC: I hate to follow that with another fashion question, but fess up. The orange jacket — fashion statement, or fashion disaster? KB: I loved it. I'm very proud of our colors, and I thought our fans would love it, and I think, for the most part, everybody did. It's kind of taken on a life of its own. People are giving me advice. ‘Wear it every game,' or, ‘Don't ever wear it again. Retire it.' JC: Is it in a safe place now, under lock and key? KB: I took it to the cleaners the other day, and the lady, she took it and said, ‘Is this the jacket?' I said, ‘Yep, this is the jacket. This is it.' You know, I was offered $5,000 for it right after the game. JC: No way. KB: That's a true story. But I've still got it. JC: Who's the best basketball player in the Budke house? KB: My wife scored the most points in a game. Thirty-nine. She was 19 of 21 from the field. She played at a small NAIA school at Friends University. Until somebody beats her record, she's got the claim as the best basketball player in the house. JC: What about HORSE? Is she best at that, too? KB: No one's ever beaten me at HORSE in my house. Ever. It's never happened. I've never had a player beat me ever. JC: Are you a trick shot guy? KB: Just consistent. Don't ever miss. JC: Any of your kids potential coaches? KB: All three of them play. But as far as coaching ... if any of them were, it'd be my youngest one. He's probably the most intense of the three. But as soon as I say that, my daughter, she does a pretty good job of coaching them, too. I get all kinds of advice when I get home. JC: So, what advice would you give them if they wanted to get into the business? KB: Just be ready for a long journey. All the years that I made $1,500, $2,000 for coaching basketball ... people just see it now as a way you can make a good living. JC: So, it's not all the glamour of orange blazers and perfect hair? KB: Not at the beginning. Now, the hair's been perfect a lot of years. The hair's been perfect since sophomore in high school. JC: No wonder it stays there so perfectly. KB: It hasn't moved. What was that, about 10 years ago when I was a sophomore?
OSU's Kurt Budke likes his orange jacket. By MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN