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Plenty of connections between Cotton Bowl foes Oklahoma State, Missouri

by Gina Mizell Modified: December 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm •  Published: December 10, 2013
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Former OSU defensive lineman Cooper Bassett is now a graduate assistant at Missouri, who the Cowboys will play in the Cotton Bowl. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Former OSU defensive lineman Cooper Bassett is now a graduate assistant at Missouri, who the Cowboys will play in the Cotton Bowl. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

OSU and Missouri are more than just old Big Eight and Big 12 foes. There are plenty of other connections between the two programs.

Here are a few:

* Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson is a former OSU player and assistant coach. He went to LSU with former Cowboy coach Les Miles as the tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator, then to Missouri as co-offensive line coach in 2009 before being promoted to coordinator prior to this season.

* OSU receivers coach Jason Ray played at Missouri from 2003-07. Coincidentally, he finished his Tiger career in the Cotton Bowl.

* Former Cowboy defensive lineman Cooper Bassett is now a recruiting graduate assistant at Missouri. His younger brother, Dawson, is a linebacker at OSU and redshirting this season.

“Cooper knows all our plays. I’m a little worried about that,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said, half-joking. “…We may have to have Jason and Cooper Bassett make a truce and not give up any information. (Ray) may benefit us. That may put us on a level playing field.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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