My Parting Shot today is to take a moment to honor an old friend and mentor of mine—former Oklahoma
State Sports Information director, Pat Quinn.
Pat spent three decades in the OSU athletic department from 1957-1987. He was the SID from 1968-1984. I
had the pleasure of working with Pat during my time at KTUL-TV from 1978-1982. He was one of the first SID
offices to use computers and was the first to use electronic communication. He was also famous for his annual Cowboys football media guides. Unlike the big books most schools put out
Pat’s was a pocket size guide and it always included a pretty young co-eds picture in it.
Pat promoted six different head football coaches at OSU from Phil Cutchin in 1968 thru Pat Jones in 1984.
Quinn said some of his favorite OSU sports figures included legendary basketball coach Mr. Henry Iba;
Dick Soergel-a 9-time letter winner in football, basketball and baseball; Wrestler Yojiro Uetaki – an undefeated
college career and a two-time Olympic Gold medalist.
He described his job as “A 60-hour-a-week love affair. It was just so much fun I didn’t realize how much time
it was taking. I’ve always felt the coaches and athletes come first.” He not only promoted OSU Cowboys athletics but
he lived it and loved it.
Pat is a member of the Sports Information Directors Association Hall of Fame. He passed away November 10th
at age 89. Just three days shy of his 90th birthday.