Oklahoma Pays Tribute To Toby Keith At BYU Game
Feb 6, 2024, 6:34 PM | Updated: Feb 7, 2024, 7:27 am
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BYU basketball faced an Oklahoma Sooners program playing with a heavy heart due to the passing of country music star Toby Keith.
Keith passed away on Monday after battling stomach cancer. He was 62 years old.
Toby Keith passed away after a battle with stomach cancer
A native of Oklahoma, Keith was a diehard fan of Oklahoma Sooners athletics. Before BYU’s game against the Sooners on Tuesday, a tribute to Keith took place inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
Oklahoma Sooners give tribute to Keith before basketball game against BYU
Oklahoma placed a guitar with a red OU solo cup and an Oklahoma hat in the seat that he held at basketball games next to OU athletic director Joe Castiglione behind the basket courtside.
𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐒𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫 ❤🤍 pic.twitter.com/RfH9Stz4C8
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 7, 2024
One of Keith’s most popular country songs was “Red Solo Cup.”
The arena also held a moment of silence for the country artist who sang hits “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and “I Love This Bar.”
A moment of silence for Toby Keith inside Lloyd Noble Center prior to tonight’s tip with BYU. pic.twitter.com/OqQSw7zpYR
— Eli Lederman (@ByEliLederman) February 7, 2024
Earlier on Tuesday, Oklahoma Athletics issued a statement on Keith’s death, stating, “The OU Athletics family is incredibly saddened by the passing of our dear friend Toby Keith. 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.”
The OU Athletics family is incredibly saddened by the passing of our dear friend Toby Keith. 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… pic.twitter.com/NAcSDKgyFa
— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) February 6, 2024
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