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Scott Verplank seeing the benefits of sticking with OSU through thick and thin

OSU FOOTBALL — PGA Tour golf Scott Verplank has seen the lowest of lows with the Cowboy football team and now he's seeing the highest of highs. “I always thought it could happen,” Verplank said.
by Berry Tramel Modified: November 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm •  Published: November 12, 2011

“I've always been around ‘em,” Verplank said. He didn't waver during OSU's dark days. “Since I've been lucky enough to play on the PGA Tour, I appreciate people who stay with you through good and bad,” Verplank said. “I understand what it means.”

Verplank doesn't make every game. He missed the Kansas State classic a week ago because he had promised to take his daughter to the Breeder's Cup in Louisville. He spent that night pacing in front of his hotel room television.

But Verplank makes the games he can. Even skips some golf if the occasion warrants. That 1988 Bedlam game? Verplank missed the Tucson Open that week, even though he was ranked 30th on the PGA money list at the time and risked falling out of the upcoming Tour Championship.

“He's been with us through thick and thin,” said OSU associate athletic director Marty Sargent.

Verplank has been friends with OSU coach Mike Gundy since both were Cowboy athletes.

“Scott's been with us from Day One,” Gundy said. “He's been loyal.

“Very mild-mannered. Very behind the scenes. He's been good friends to me, talking about how to handle things mentally.

“You have a lot of guys who want to be clingers. He's not that way.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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