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Oklahoma State football: Larry Mahsetky's job, 1990s-era Cowboy football, and some classic uniforms

by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: August 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm •  Published: August 2, 2014
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Larry Mahsetky, 41 of Oklahoma City, the Marketing Director for the Whitten Newman Family Foundation, talks about the charity work the non-profit he works for does in Africa at his office in downtown Oklahoma City on July 31, 2014. Mahsetky played football in the 1990s for Oklahoma State, and recently graduated, helping Oklahoma State meet NCAA academic regulations. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoma
Larry Mahsetky, 41 of Oklahoma City, the Marketing Director for the Whitten Newman Family Foundation, talks about the charity work the non-profit he works for does in Africa at his office in downtown Oklahoma City on July 31, 2014. Mahsetky played football in the 1990s for Oklahoma State, and recently graduated, helping Oklahoma State meet NCAA academic regulations. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoma

Sometimes journalists are forced to ask very specific questions for very specific answers. But Wednesday night was a little ridiculous.

When I first introduced myself to Larry Mahsetky over the phone, I decided to just come out with it:

Are you a former OSU football player from the 1990s who only recently graduated?

And he was. Crazy story, really.

Here are some leftovers from my time with Mahsetky that didn’t quite make it in Friday’s edition:

1. He’s the marketing director for a non-profit with worldwide influence. The Whitten-Newman Foundation is based in downtown Oklahoma City and is a multi-pronged organization for a number of causes — one in particular that’s tied closely with the sports world. Pros for Africa was spearheaded by four former OU football players; Adrian Peterson, Tommie Harris, Mark Clayton and Roy Williams. Its goal is to provide children of Africa with resources from professionals across all work and education fields. It partners with the Saint Monica Girls Schools, led by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who was recently named to one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2014. You can learn more about all the causes the Whitten-Newman Foundation supports here.

2. Confirming Mahsetky as the “1990s-era student athlete” meant diving back into the Cowboy football history books. Here’s the cover of the media guide where assistant sports editor Ryan Sharp finally found him:

The 1995 Oklahoma State football media guide.
The 1995 Oklahoma State football media guide.

“A Team on the Rise!” was the optimistic theme entering the 1995 season. It was Bob Simmons’ first year as head coach after Pat Jones had retired. The Cowboys’ record the previous four seasons — 3-7-1; 3-8; 4-6-1; 0-10-1.

OSU would go on to win four games that year.

Another gem from the media guide, this “family photo.”

From the 1995 Oklahoma State football media guide.
From the 1995 Oklahoma State football media guide.

A fresh-faced Mike Gundy alongside his wife (sporting an awesome 90s-era haircut), and of course, Jincey, the dog. You’re welcome for the new Twitter avatar.

Here’s a pretty cool aerial shot of Lewis Field as OSU fans knew it in 1995, pieced together from the inside front and back covers of the media guide:

Lewis Field. Stillwater, OK.
Lewis Field. Stillwater, OK.

3. When the OSU athletic department unveiled newly designed uniforms in 2011, traditionalists cried foul for the modernization and downplay of orange.

But take a look at these uniforms from the mid-90s, courtesy of Mahsekty:

Photo of Larry Mahsetky, a former Oklahoma State football player, provided by Mahsetky.
Photo of Larry Mahsetky, a former Oklahoma State football player, provided by Mahsetky.

The only orange is on the sleeves and the helmet lettering. Proof that the evolution of Cowboy uniforms didn’t happen overnight.

Here are a couple of color action shots from that 1995 media guide:

LB Alamu Bailey in the 1995 Oklahoma State football media guide.
LB Alamu Bailey in the 1995 Oklahoma State football media guide.

Linebacker Alamu Bailey would get heavy consideration for the Big 12 First-Team All-Name roster if he played in 2014. Props to his parents.

Kicker Lawson Vaughn in the 1995 Oklahoma State football media guide.
Kicker Lawson Vaughn in the 1995 Oklahoma State football media guide.

Between the look on Vaughn’s face the crowd behind him, this picture screams concentration.

by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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