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Look: Oklahoma Pays Tribute to Toby Keith Before Basketball Game

Oct 15, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Country music singer Toby Keith waves to fans in a break in action between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats during the first quarter at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners hosted the BYU Cougars on Tuesday night, hours after it was announced that Toby Keith had passed away at 62 years old after a battle with stomach cancer.

In honor of Keith, a huge OU fan, the University held a moment of silence on his behalf and also had a reserved seat for Toby courtside.


The red solo cups were also out in full force.

Earlier in the day, OU Athletics put out a statement saying, “The OU Athletics family is incredibly saddened by the passing of our dear friend Toby Keith.,” the Sooners’ post reads. “It’s a profoundly sad reality to exist in a world where Toby doesn’t. He brought life and joy to every room he entered, and our hearts are dimmer today without him. An American icon and a stalwart Sooner. A superstar talent and a fierce friend of our program. We thank him for the unwavering support he always gave, his generosity as a human being and the countless smiles and memories he created here in Oklahoma and around the world.

“All our love to Tricia, Shelley, Krystal, Stelen, and their families. We’ll miss you on campus, TK. We’re crying for us.”

Oklahoma beat BYU 82-66 on Tuesday night and takes the court next on Saturday in Bedlam, hosting Oklahoma State for a 6:00 p.m. tip off.

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