“It’s been tremendous. It’s amazing how appreciative everybody is,” the sixth-year OSU coach said. “They’ll come by and ask for pictures and things like that — which we love to do. Anything to help lighten the mood, we’ll do anything that can help. It’s been a great response.”
Assisting Oklahomans in need is particularly important for one member on Ford’s staff. Former OSU player and Pawnee native Keiton Page, who joined the coaching staff last year after graduating, joined in the grilling effort along with his girlfriend.
“He’s been here the whole time and even his girlfriend, who is actually competing in Miss Oklahoma here in the next week or so, took her time to come down and help us,” Ford said.
Serving mass amounts of food is nothing new to Ford. The Oklahoma State coach helped served pancakes to OSU students at the student union during finals week in December.
“We were talking about that a while ago and how I didn’t want to see a pancake forever after that,” Ford said. “I’ll tell you, I’m getting my worth of hamburgers and hot dogs now. But it’s all well worth it.”