Oklahoma Paid Special Tribute To Toby Keith Tuesday Night
Country music legend Toby Keith passed away this week following his battle with stomach cancer. He was 62 years old.
Thousands of fans flocked to social media to pay tribute to the iconic musician.
A diehard Oklahoma fan, Keith also received a heartfelt tribute from the Oklahoma athletics department after his passing.
"The OU Athletics family is incredibly saddened by the passing of our dear friend Toby Keith," the statement read.
"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 wasn't done paying tribute to the legendary country music star, though. On Tuesday night before Oklahoma's men's basketball game against No. 21 TCU, the Sooners set up a special place for Keith.
"The #Sooners honoring the passing of life long Oklahoma fan Toby Keith tonight. Guitar, hat and of course a red solo cup here court side," reporter TJ Eckert noted.
The Sooners did more than just pay tribute to Keith, though. They defeated the No. 21 team in the country by a sizable margin.
Oklahoma and BYU were tied at 34 points apiece at halftime, but the Sooners dominated the second half en route to an 82-66 win.
"Courtesy of the Red, White and Boomer Sooner," a post from the team on social media read - taking inspiration from his iconic song.