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Reactions To Loss Of Oklahoma State Coaches Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna

 

Bryan Painter's emotional interview with former Oklahoma State player Megan Byford (2007-09) speaks volumes about how deeply coaches Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna touched people's lives in their role as coaches and mentors since arriving in Stillwater in 2005.

There is plenty of basketball to talk about today, but first some reactions to the shocking loss of Byford's former coaches in a plane crash discovered Thursday afternoon.

On a more personal note, all of what I know about Budke is from conversations with Jessica Lantz who has covered OSU for Swish Appeal since winter 2010. While I won't speak for her, what strikes me in reflecting on those conversations in this moment is that everything she ever said about him was positive. But perhaps even more significant now is that knowing Jessica really helps to understand what people mean when they say OSU is a family - there's a legitimate caring for one another there that is as strong as everyone is suggesting. So my heart goes out to Jessica and the entire OSU family today as they try to pull together to cope with this tragedy.

Update: Condolences from various SBN Big 12 blogs:

11/18 Daily Bears Report - Our Daily Bears

Oklahoma State University - BON Condolences - Burnt Orange Nation

Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna, 2 Others Killed in Plane Crash in Arkansas - Cowboys Ride For Free

Friday Open Thread - Condolences To Oklahoma State