Thoughts before tipoff: Remember the 10

Remember the 10 Memorial

Remember the 10 is bigger than basketball.

It's about a university and city coming together in a time a tragedy. A time to remember the 10 lives that were lost 19 years ago. 

For the only the fourth time since 2001, the Oklahoma State men's basketball team will play in Gallagher-Iba Arena on the anniversary of the plane crash.

The first time I was told about Remember the 10 was when I toured OSU in 2015 after my junior year of high school. I walked into GIA with my parents and the first thing that caught my eye was a statue of a kneeling Cowboy.

I saw the pain in his eyes. The pain many families still feel.

It didn't take long for the tour guide to notice me looking at it and tell me about the plane crash.

It was 14 years after the crash, but my heart still went out to the families who lost fathers, sons, brothers, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Now as a student and sports writer at the O'Colly, I pass by the statue every time I go to GIA for a game or media availability. Every time I look at the statue, I remember.

When I go to cover the game tonight and pass the statue, I will remember again because I'll always remember the 10.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self remembers as well.

Self, who played at OSU from 1981-1985 and was an assistant coach from 1986-1993, took his players to the OSU's Remember the 10 memorial inside GIA today.

Self took time out of his team's busy schedule to make sure they knew the story and know how precious life is, because you never know when it could end.

If you are a fan and go to the game tonight, take an extra second and look up in to the rafters. Look up at the banner with the names of the fallen Cowboys. Think about how lucky we are to be alive.

Remember the names of Kendall Durfey, Bjorn Fahlstrom, Nate Fleming, Will Hancock, Daniel Lawson, Brian Luinstra, Denver Mills, Pat Noyes, Bill Teegins and Jared Weiberg.

Remember the 10.