“There has always been a core of people out there that have fought their (butt) off for that program,” Jones said. “Some of it legal, some of it not legal. Some of that has probably gotten lost in the shuffle, because Mr. Pickens was able to give them $165 million.”
All these years later, Jones still recalls some of the boosters who made a difference. Warren Pixley of Claremore drove over with wood from his lumber company to build new lockers. Bill Ricketts of Muskogee sent his construction workers to Stillwater to finish the second floor of OSU's football building, after the Cowboys ran out of money during the Phil Cutchen days.
“There have been guys that have fought hard,” Jones said. “Fought that baby hard. There's always been a core of people that wanted Oklahoma State to win.”
The Pickens Plan is easier. But it's no more satisfying.
“Maybe the most satisfying feeling I ever had,” Jones said, “including the NFL and all that other stuff, was probably after we had beaten South Carolina down there in the Gator Bowl that year (1984).
“We were the first (OSU team) to win 10. Then we did it again in '87 and '88, Oklahoma State had gone 83 years without having a double-digit win (season). We did pull it off three times in five years.”
Homemade and hard work.
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