Thus, it shouldn't be a surprise that Oklahoma State - which has received about $265 million in athletic donations from Pickens - is in the midst of the greatest run of football success in school history.
The Cowboys are 8-0 for the first time since 1945. They're ranked No. 3 in the nation - their highest-ever ranking in November. A victory on Saturday over Kansas State would mean a fourth consecutive season with at least nine wins, which would be a school record.
Most important, the Cowboys are leading the Big 12 and will play for the BCS national championship if they can complete the season unbeaten.
Story by Olin Buchanan
Rivals.com College Football Senior Writer