Mills, a father of three, would have celebrated his 56th birthday Wednesday. He leaves a wife, Lindell Mills; two daughters, Kathryn Wilson and Deborah Mills; and a son, David Mills, a student at OSU.
Pat Noyes, 27, hoped to build his life around his fixation: basketball.
"He loved the game, said Jami Warner, a longtime friend and co-worker. "OSU basketball was his life.
Noyes was in his second year as an administrative assistant for the Cowboys. He had worked as a team manager for five years before leaving to spend the 1998-99 season as an administrative assistant to Lefty Driesell at Georgia State University.
Born in Elmira, N.Y., Noyes graduated from Mount St. Mary high school in Oklahoma City, then took classes and played basketball at a Kansas junior college. He transferred to OSU and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1998.
Noyes was known in the athletic department at OSU by the nickname Snake a moniker he earned by gulping down a drink made with snake blood during 1995's Big Eight tour to Taiwan.
Coaching was in Jared Weiberg's blood, and his family expected him to be one of the best.
His father is Mick Weiberg, basketball coach at Northern Oklahoma College. His brother, Brett, is an assistant coach at the University of Texas - San Antonio. His uncle is Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg.
Weiberg, 22, served as student manager of the Cowboys basketball team. He was studying secondary education and coaching.
Weiberg played for his father at Northern before transferring to OSU and earning a spot on the team as a walk-on, family friend Connie Mack said.
But he always wanted to coach.