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OSU football: Pickens to attend opener, continues belief in OSU’s championship goals

OSU football: Pickens to attend opener, continues belief in OSU’s championship goals

STILLWATER – Boone Pickens has etched his name in Oklahoma State lore already. On Wednesday, he announced via Twitter more plans that will continue to honor his legacy and his thoughts about the upcoming football season.

The OSU megabooster expects to watch the Cowboys in their home opener against Missouri State at 7 p.m. Thursday from his suite. Pickens said after making all but one home game in 2017, he intends to be at every one this season.

He won’t meet with the media before the game for a second straight season, but Pickens went on to praise coach Mike Gundy and said the two “healed a lot of wounds last year.”

Here are some other highlights from his letter:

  • “I’m in this to win a national championship. Turning 90 as I did last May only fuels that fire. Time for me is winding down, but I remain an optimist that Mike Gundy can and will deliver on a national championship. The sooner the better. At 90, I don’t buy green bananas.”
  • “Don’t for a minute think my health has caused me get my dauber down.” Goes on to explain how instrumental OSU athletic director Mike Holder and himself have been in the creation of OSU’s “Athletic Village.” Pickens said it should be named, “The Mike Holder Athletic Village.”
  • Pickens says OSU has commissioned a sculpture of him to stand at the entrance on the west side of Boone Pickens Stadium, and he hopes it can be placed by next season. He added that hopefully not long after, Barry Sanders can have his statue beside Pickens.
  • “As I write this, my boyhood home is being moved to Oklahoma State, at Karsten Creek. I’ve also decided that’s where – hopefully in a decade or so – I will be buried. ‘The Holdenville House’ is a great depiction of life in southeastern Oklahoma during the depression. I cherished my years growing up in Holdenville, ‘Where the pavement ends, the west begins, and the Rock Island crosses the Frisco.

Pickens finished his letter saying he couldn’t be more excited for another national championship quest. He has given more than $500 million to Oklahoma State during his lifetime, according to his foundation.

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Cameron Jourdan has covered Oklahoma State athletics since January 2017. He has written for The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa News and the Stillwater News Press, among others. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @Cam_Jourdan

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