What they are saying about the OSU plane crash

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 19, 2011
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“He stood out among all the other candidates. His work ethic and dedication to the game of basketball. He was a real student of the game. He was an outstanding family man and community man. It's a tragic loss to Oklahoma state. He won the first national championship here in 1993-94 and that was just the beginning for him.” — Former Trinity Valley Community College athletic director Leon Spencer, who hired Budke.

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“He was a great person and great coach. Both of those things I will remember of him more as a person than a coach. He had a lot of involvement in the community and made sure they were all involved in activities in the community. I've been here for over 30 years and I've seen a lot of coaches and he'll stand out to me, being the winningest coach but more importantly he cared about his players and what happened to them.” — Dr. Jerry King, vice president of instruction at Trinity Valley Community College.

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“On behalf of the NCAA, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna and the other victims of last night's plane crash. For any coaching community to lose bright stars like Kurt and Miranda is tragic. This is a profound loss for the Oklahoma State women's basketball family, the entire university and future women's basketball players as well. The NCAA stands ready to help Oklahoma State should it need any assistance as it copes with this terrible accident.” — NCAA President Mark Emmert.

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“I am shocked and saddened by the deaths of Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna. Most of my conversations with Kurt were about his family. He was a very proud husband and father. Miranda was a tireless recruiter full of energy and passion about her job. My heart goes out to both Kurt and Miranda's families and the entire Oklahoma State family. Kurt and Miranda were both first class.” — Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson.

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“Our hearts go out to the Budke, Serna and entire OSU family. No school has suffered and endured more than Oklahoma State University in recent memory. Kurt was a terrific guy and coach. We wish the best to the immediate and extended families as they comfort each other during this tragic time.” — Kansas men's coach Bill Self.

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"There have been many tears here this morning. My heart goes out to Shelley (Budke) who we know and the other families who we are thinking about. "I would also say to every reader, hug the people you love and hug them every day." — Bill Hancock, Bowl Championship Series executive director

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“We are profoundly saddened by the loss of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and their traveling companions.  The people at Oklahoma State are our colleagues and, more importantly, our friends.  The OU family pledges its support to those at OSU.  We understand that the period for grieving and recovery will be difficult and want them to know that they do not face it alone.  As fellow Oklahomans, we want them to know that our hearts are broken too.” — University of Oklahoma Vice President/Athletics Director Joe Castiglione

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“This is tragic news and an extremely sad day.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Budke and Serna families, as well as the families of the other victims.  I'd known Kurt for many years and always admired and respected him for his work as a basketball coach and for the type of person he was.  We're all thinking about everyone in the Oklahoma State family affected by this terrible tragedy.” — University of Oklahoma Head Men's Basketball Coach Lon Kruger

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“We want everyone at OSU to know that they have our prayers and support.  Like them, we fail in finding the words that adequately capture our feelings.  We feel devastated for the families that have been impacted, the Cowgirl basketball team, the athletics department and the entire university community.  We share in your grief and sadness.” — University of Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops

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"It's a surreal feeling because I shook Kurt's hand and hugged Miranda just four days ago. He was just a genuine person. He walked across the court to me with a big smile on his face, shook my hand and said 'Hey Greg haven't seen you in awhile, good to see you.' We talked about each others teams. He was just always a friendly person and a hard worker. He was an outstanding coach, obviously and also a very solid person. He was the type of person you enjoyed being around. — Rice University head coach Greg Williams, whose team played OSU in Stillwater on Sunday

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Coach Budke and Coach Serna, Cowgirl basketball and the countless others deeply affected by this terrible news.” — OSU wrestling coach John Smith

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