Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna die in crash
Oklahoma State, 10 months removed from commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the deaths of 10 men affiliated with its men's basketball program, was again struck with its "worst nightmare" Friday after learning women's coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna died in a plane crash a day earlier.
Their plane went down in Perry County, Ark., also killing the pilot -- 82-year-old former Oklahoma state Sen. Olin Branstetter -- and his wife, Paula. There were no survivors.
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Oklahoma State Tragedy
Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among four who died the night of Nov. 17 in a small-plane crash in Arkansas while returning from a recruiting trip.