The job of placing more than 13,000 T-shirts on the seats inside Gallagher-Iba Arena began before sunrise Wednesday morning.
Among the 50-plus people who placed the shirts meticulously over every chair were members of the OSU equestrian team and a variety of athletic department personnel.
‘PAT LOVED THIS PLACE'
During the halftime ceremony, Reece recalled his days running the Cowboy Network, when he would get autographs for sponsors.
One day, he showed up with basketballs needing Eddie Sutton's signature.
“Larry,” then-director of basketball operations Pat Noyes said, “just have me sign that.”
Reece: “You know what, Pat? Our sponsors don't want your autograph.”
Noyes: “Larry, I do a better Eddie Sutton than Eddie Sutton does.”
Reece made special recognition of Noyes' father, Dan, who hadn't returned to OSU since his son died in the crash.
“Dan, I know this is hard on you,” Reece said, “but Pat loved this place, and we are so glad you are here with us.”
A sustained standing ovation followed.
FAMILIAR FACES RETURN
In addition to nearly a hundred family members of the men who died, numerous OSU dignitaries returned in honor of The 10.
Terry Don Phillips, who was OSU athletic director at the time of the plane crash, sat midcourt. Now the Clemson athletic director, he gave the pistols up signal when he was introduced early in the first half.
Among the former Cowboy players in attendance were Desmond Mason, Ivan McFarlin, Andre Williams, Victor Williams, Doug Gottlieb, Alex Webber, Brian Montonati and Terrence Crawford.
Also in attendance: former OSU athletic director Harry Birdwell and former OSU president James Halligan.