Kurt Budke trademarks: The perfectly styled hair and the orange sports coat

KURT BUDKE Q&A -- In January of 2008, Jenni Carlson talked to the Oklahoma State coach about his trademarks -- the perfectly styled hair and the orange sports coat. Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna died Thursday with two others in a plane crash
by Jenni Carlson Published: January 26, 2008
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/> 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?


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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OSU's Kurt Budke likes his orange jacket. By MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN

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