OSU Athletics Personalities Tournament-Week 3

T. Boone Pickens

The first of four straight weeks of first-round matchups has been completed and not without a few upsets in the Cowboy Football Region. Here are the results of those eight first-round matchups and how it sets up for the second round. All second-round matches will start the week of June 17-21.

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Cowboy Football Region results
#1 Barry Sanders (90 percent) vs. #16 Quinn Sharp (10 percent)
#8 Russell Okung (44 percent) vs. #9 Terry Miller (56 percent)
This sets up a good old "Tailback U" second-round battle between 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and 1977 Heisman Trophy runner-up (to Earl Campbell of Texas) Terry Miller.

#5 Justin Blackmon (78 percent) vs. #12 Zac Robinson (22 percent)
#4 Bob Fenimore (89 percent) vs. #13 Kevin Williams (11 percent)
Make it three-for-three for the glory of "Tailback U." as Bob Fenimore won one for the old guard and old school supporters in knocking off current Minnesota Vikings All-Pro Kevin Williams. Despite recent off the field issues, two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon was a big winner over Zac Robinson.

#3 Mike Gundy (42 percent) vs. #14 R.W. McQuarters (58 percent)
#6 Leslie O'Neal (56 percent) vs. #11 Walt Garrison (44 percent)
This has to rate as the biggest surprise. Even with his career as a standout quarterback and now as the all-time winningest head coach at Oklahoma State, the flirtations with Tennessee and Arkansas after last season and the transfer of quarterback Wes Lunt had OSU fans voting on this matchup leaning toward R.W. McQuarters. McQuarters played both ways at Oklahoma State and made a huge interception off Tony Romo to seal a playoff win on the New York Giants way to their win in Super Bowl XLII. McQuarters will now face the greatest defensive lineman in Oklahoma State history in Leslie O'Neal, who edged out former OSU and Dallas Cowboys fullback great Walt Garrison.

#7 Brandon Weeden (80 percent) vs. #10 Rashaun Woods (20 percent)
#2 Thurman Thomas (89 percent) vs. #15 Derrel Gofourth (11 percent)
No surprise with Thurman Thomas, as he had former O-line great Derrel Gofourth overmatched. Now he will face the very popular Brandon Weeden for what should be a competitive second-round matchup.

Gary Ward/James Wadley Catch-All Region
This week the first-round moves over to the Gary Ward/James Wadley Catch-All Region that features all sports and personalities outside of football, basketball, wrestling and golf. There are three non-athletes or coaches in the mix including top seed T. Boone Pickens and broadcasters Bob Barry Sr., and Bill Platt. Here are those matchups and a brief bio on each.

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No. 1 T. Boone Pickens: One of the richest men in America and the world, the OSU alum is a business magnate and financier. The founder and CEO of BP Capital, he is also known as an energy expert to many Americans that follow his "Army." He has given over $400 million to Oklahoma State, a little over half of it to athletics. A former basketball player growing up, he has helped make Oklahoma State competitive across the board in college football and all of athletics.
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No. 16 Josh Fields: Fields is currently trying to make it back to the Major Leagues after playing for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. He was an All-Big 12 third baseman at OSU that had a career batting average of .364. In football, the former Stillwater Pioneer was a starting quarterback that led the Cowboys to two wins over Bedlam rival Oklahoma and set the Cotton Bowl passing record at the time of 307 yards against Ole Miss.

No. 8 Dave Smith: The current Oklahoma State cross country and track coach (in fact, his title is associate athletic director over track and cross country). You can call him Dr. Smith as he has his doctorate and is a four-time national cross country coach of the year with three NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships in the past four seasons. He has also used the distance events in both men's and women's track teams to gradually rebuild and start progressing the track program which is healthier now than it has been in almost 40 years.
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No. 9 German Fernandez: Kind of a rock star selection as the top distance runner in the U.S. high school ranks in years chose Oklahoma State. Fernandez won the NCAA outdoor 1500 meters as a freshman and helped Oklahoma State to a couple of NCAA Cross Country National Championships. He is now training and competing for Team Nike.

No. 4 Pete Incaviglia: An initial inductee into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, Incaviglia is the NCAA Division I leader in all-time and single season home runs with 100 in his career and a best 48 in one season. He was a first-round draft choice of the Montreal Expos who went on to play for the Texas Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies. "Inky" as he was known was a three-time All American at Oklahoma State.
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No. 13 Bob Barry Sr.: An Oklahoma and College Football Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Barry called some of the most exciting events in Oklahoma State football ranging from Terry Miller to Barry Sanders' Heisman Trophy-winning season. The longtime sports director at Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV, he called football and basketball games at both Oklahoma State and OU. He also called basketball games for a season at the University of Tulsa.

No. 5 Andrea Riley: The sparkplug for the modern day success of Oklahoma State Cowgirls basketball, Riley helped the Cowgirls to two NCAA tournament berths and a Sweet 16 in one of those seasons. Her senior year she won the Nancy Leiberman Award for the best point guard in the nation. She also averaged 26.7 points and was second in the nation in scoring that season. She currently plays in the WNBA for the Los Angeles Sparks, her second stint with that team.
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No. 12 Bill Platt: Platt is in the Cowboys Baseball Hall of Fame and is one of the original broadcasters. He is really the first mainstay in broadcasting that Oklahoma State sports had as he broadcast football, basketball, and baseball on KSPI in Stillwater. Also, he is known for serving as a mentor to many future broadcasters including now Voice of OSU Baseball Rex Holt.

No. 3 Gary Ward: He served as Oklahoma State baseball coach from 1978 to 1996. In his tenure he took the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament 17 times including seven trips to the College World Series and three runner-up finishes in Omaha. He won 17 Big 12 Championships, including 16 in a row in what is now known as the Decade of Dominance. He is also a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame and his number is retired at OSU.
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No. 14 Tom Borland: One of the great heroes of Oklahoma State baseball in the 1950s, Borland went on to play two years for the Boston Red Sox. He was the Outstanding Player of the 1955 College World Series and was also a standout on the 1954 team that went to the CWS. He finished his OSU career with a 19-2 record and 271 strikeouts. He is going into the College Baseball Hall of Fame this summer and just had his number retired at OSU.

No. 6 Lori McNeil: McNeil was a Big Eight champion in tennis for Oklahoma State that went on to a 19-year career on the WTA. She was ranked as high as ninth in the world in singles and fourth in the world in doubles. She defeated defending champion Steffi Graf in the opening round of Wimbledon in 1994 and went on to make the semifinals. In 1987, she upset Chris Evert in the U.S. Open and went on to finish in the semifinals of that Grand Slam event.
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No. 11 James Wadley: He is the longest serving head coach in OSU athletics history with 40 years as men's tennis coach that ended after the 2013 season. Wadley guided OSU to 12 conference titles and 17 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He was named regional Coach of the Year 11 times and conference Coach of the Year 17 times.

No. 7 Yolanda Odenyo: This native of Sweden and current member of the Swedish National Team. She was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and a two-time All-American that holds multiple records as a Cowgirl and she was also an Oklahoma State Student-Athlete of the Year.
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No. 10 Michele Smith: Smith is arguably the greatest softball player in Oklahoma State history and is a member of the OSU Athletic Hall of Honor. She is an Olympic double gold medal winner from 1996 and 2000. She was an outstanding pitcher as well as hitter. In Japan she was a seven-time Japan All-Pro and is looked at as a worldwide celebrity in the sport. She also became the first woman broadcaster to broadcast Major League Baseball on television. She is still a regular broadcaster for ESPN at the NCAA Women's College World Series.

No. 2 Robin Ventura: Ventura was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State and set school records for runs scored, RBI, and total bases. He also set the NCAA Division I record (still stands) for consecutive games with a base hit with 58, two more games than the Major League record held by Joe DiMaggio. He went on to play in two All-Star games and played for the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and New York Yankees in his big league career. He is currently the manager of the Chicago White Sox.
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No. 15 Joe Dial: A former world record holder in the pole vault, the native Oklahoman was a track standout at Oklahoma State and is now the successful track and field coach for Oral Roberts. He has coached 20 All-Americans. He was the bronze medalist in the 1989 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

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