“It was just amazing,” said freshman guard Cezar Guerrero. “We just had the girls there, bowling against them. We had music and food and everything. It was like a little get-together with all of us, and it was just beautiful to see them smiling again and see the family members get their minds off of things.” At some schools, rifts between the men’s and women’s programs exist, due to egos and a sense of superiority. Not at OSU.
Ford and Budke were friends who talked and compared notes often. The Cowgirls even have a play called “Keiton,” a reference to the Cowboys’ Keiton Page. “We know the girls team really well,” Ford said. “I had them over to my house this summer with the team. We see them every day. And as I addressed them (last week) and talked to them in the locker room, I told them we all live in the same world. We’re different than football. “We’re doing the same thing. We are practicing. We go through individual workouts. We are preparing for games and it’s with a basketball in our hands, so we understand.” BIG 12 COACHES ATTEND The Big 12 coaching fraternity certainly supported the Cowgirls. In addition to Coale, Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, Texas’ Gail Goestenkors, Texas Tech’s Kristy Curry, Texas A&M’s Gary Blair and Kansas’ Bonnie Henrickson, plus some of their staff members, attended the service. Other coaches attending were Nebraska’s Connie Yori, TCU’s Jeff Mittie, Nebraska men’s coach Doc Sadler and Houston men’s coach James Dickey, a former OSU assistant.