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.”