COWBOYS ATTEND BUDKE, SERNA MEMORIAL
Sitting in the front row of Gallagher-Iba Arena on Monday afternoon for the public memorial service for OSU women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and Olin and Paula Branstetter was Gundy and members of his coaching staff.
Taking up the entire section behind the coaches were many of the Cowboy football players, showing their support for the school and their fellow athletes.
“We just really wanted to all be there for the other athletes, the girls basketball team,” OSU wide receiver Justin Blackmon said. “We just wanted to show our support and come out and show the families that we were there for them if they need anything.”
Said OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden: “Any time you have a setting like that — when it hits home like it did, with being so close to the football program and everything that surrounds it — it was going to be tough. I thought they handled it very well. I thought (interim coach Jim) Littell did a great job in his speech. And everybody that spoke, (OSU athletic director Mike) Holder, (OSU president Burns) Hargis, everybody went up there and did a great job.”
INJURY UPDATE: MICHAEL HARRISON CLOSE TO RETURNING
Wide receiver Michael Harrison, who has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, practiced in limited fashion Tuesday but should be back to full speed by next week, Gundy said.
Harrison, a sophomore, has 18 catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns this season.