OSU coach to represent Oklahoma on parade float

Monday, November 20th 2006, 12:03 pm
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma State head wrestling coach John Smith will be one of seven Oklahoma celebrities to represent Oklahoma in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

The float is called ``Oklahoma Rising,'' and Smith will be on it along with World Series hero Joe Carter, Olympic gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, basketball great Wayman Tisdale, BMX legend Matt Hoffman and gospel singer Sandi Patty.

The float is part of Oklahomas centennial celebration commemorating 100 years of statehood.

Smith won six consecutive world championships, including two Olympic gold medals. He has led his alma mater to the last four NCAA team titles.