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Sports world, including Cowboys’ Jerry Jones mourn death of T. Boone Pickens

Remembering oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91.
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T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91.

The passing of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens at 91 has elicited a deep reaction in the college sports community.

Pickens was famously a generous donor to Oklahoma State and the Cowboys’ athletics department. Their football stadium was renamed Boone Pickens Stadium after he donated $165 million to OSU athletics, which was at the time the largest single donation for a university athletic department in history.

Dallas Cowboys’ tight end and Oklahoma Stare alumnus Blake Jarwin posted his condolences on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

“Had the amazing opportunity to meet @boonepickens this past offseason,” Jarwin wrote. “Incredible moments I’ll cherish forever. His generous contributions to Oklahoma State helped change our trajectory as a program and for that we will always be thankful!”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones held a press conference to offer his thoughts on Pickens, who he called a good friend.

“He was a great friend … inspirational, a man of sports,” Jones said. “His love of competing, frankly, was unmatched.”

OSU football coach Mike Gundy posted a message on Twitter thanking Pickens for the impact he had on Oklahoma State.

“Mr. Pickens is a big part of our success and we’re all thankful for the lasting impact he’s had on Oklahoma State,” Gundy said. “It would have been difficult for us to climb as high as we have without him. He’ll be missed, but his legacy here will live on for a long time to come.”

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
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