Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis plans to create a task force in the next few weeks to study whether changes are necessary to the school's travel policies following a November plane crash that killed women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and three others.
While Alabama prepares to play for the BCS championship, the Oklahoma State Cowboys can only wonder how they would match up with the SEC's best.
It had been 10 years and 10 months since the plane crash that killed 10 people associated with Oklahoma State's men's basketball program _ long enough for the healing to begin but recent enough to rush old memories to the surface when news of another plane crash broke.
Kurt Budke turned Oklahoma State's women's basketball team into a winner and hoped he'd found the place where he'd coach until he retired. Miranda Serna had passed up opportunities to leave his side, staying loyal to the man whom she had helped to win a junior college national championship and then rebuild a big-time college program.
Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas.
Kurt Budke believed in Oklahoma State when no one else did, and he wasn't afraid to show it.
Oklahoma State's president is calling on the campus to pull together as a family as the university grieves the loss of the women's basketball team's head coach and his assistant.
The Big 12 on Friday invited West Virginia to join the league next season, giving the conference a replacement for Missouri and dealing another setback to the beleaguered Big East.
The Big 12 welcomed West Virginia from the Big East and bid goodbye to Missouri before the Tigers even had a chance to make their move to the Southeastern Conference official.