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NCAA Denies Iowa’s Chris Street Tribute

Last Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of when Iowa power forward Chris Street was killed in a car accident outside Iowa City during the middle of his junior season. Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery wanted to honor Street’s memory with special jerseys, only to be denied by the NCAA.

McCaffery wanted “Street” to be the nameplate for every player’s jersey but seemed understanding as to why the NCAA would not allow it.

“If you read the rule itself it’s pretty self explanatory,” McCaffery said on Sunday. “In that case it would have to be an exception granted. And I think the issue was there have been so many exception requests, I think they decided, “The rule stands as it is.’ ”

Rebuffed, McCaffery and his staff draped Street’s retired No. 40 Iowa jersey on the first chair of the Hawkeyes’ bench and the players wore “CMS40” patches on their jerseys.

Most important is that the Hawkeyes honored Street on Saturday the best way possible: With a win, dealing Wisconsin its first Big Ten loss, 70–66. Chris Street profile

[Hawk Central]

 
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