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Friday
Nov182011

Oklahoma State Basketball Coaches Killed in Plane Crash

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(PERRY COUNTY, Ark.) -- Oklahoma State women's basketball head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among four people killed in a plane crash Thursday night in Arkansas.

The two other people on the plane -- including the pilot -- were not affiliated with the school, officials said.

"The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," OSU president Burns Hargis said Friday in the statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.

Thursday's fatal crash comes less than a year after the 10th anniversary of a plane crash that killed 10 members of the men's basketball program.

School Vice President Jim Littell will assume interim head coaching duties, according to ESPN.

The school has canceled both of its games scheduled for this weekend.

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