Dagger – Eager to honor the memory of former star forward Chris Street on the 20th anniversary of his death in an automobile accident, Iowa officials began tossing around ideas weeks ago for this past Saturday’s home game against Wisconsin.
All of their ideas came to fruition except one. The NCAA denied Iowa’s request to wear special commemorative jerseys with “Street” on the back where each individual player’s last name normally would be. An NCAA official did not immediately return an email seeking an explanation Monday, but Iowa coach Fran McCaffery told the Des Moines Register the NCAA feared too many teams would seek similar exceptions if it granted this one.”There have been so many exception requests, I think they decided, ‘The rule stands as it is,’” McCaffery said. “And that’s pretty much what it was. If you start granting exceptions, then every game somebody wants to do something for some other reason, some other legitimate cause. They just didn’t want to do that.”
Got to agree with the NCAA here. If they allow Iowa to change the name on the back of their jerseys to honor one dead legend they’d have to start letting other schools change the names on the back of their jerseys to honor dead legends. Then next thing you know colleges would be asking to do it for dead teammates, or teammates with cancer, or fellow athletes who are going through personal tragedies. Soon we’d just have an entire league full of teams trying to do nice respectful things to honor people having a hard time. It would be absolute chaos. How would the refs know who fouls were on and how would announcers know who had the ball? Their numbers? Insanity. Yup better to nip this trend in the bud right now. NCAA just doing it big as per normal. Dude died 20 years ago, fuck em right?