IOWA CITY - The impact of Chris Street's death stretched far beyond the confines of Carver Hawkeye Arena and the state of Iowa.
Phone lines to the Iowa basketball office and the university's sports information office were busy all day Wednesday as people expressed their sympathy and expressed their shock at the news that Street's promising career had come to a tragic, premature end.
Indiana Coach Bob Knight issued a statement that asked, "What could be more tragic than to have something like this happen?
"He played hard every minute of the game and because of that, he was one of my favorite players in the Big Ten. The Indiana basketball team extends its sympathy to Chris' family, head coach Tom Davis and the rest of the Hawkeye team."
Similar telegrams and messages were received from coaches throughout the Big Ten and from other institutions around the nation.
"It's been a very busy day," Iowa Sports Information Director George Wine said. "We've had calls from all over the country."
Most callers expressed shock. Others offered sympathy and support as the Hawkeyes attempt to recover from their loss.
Iowa State Coach Johnny Orr said he will always remember Street for his competitiveness.
"Chris was the kind of person you wanted to have on your team and didn't like to play against because he never quit," Orr said. "He was such a great competitor."
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, officials with the San Juan Shootout announced that it would name its most valuable player award in Street's honor.
Street was selected the MVP of the tournament last month when he led the Hawkeyes to the team title. His effort there included a careerhigh 21 points and 16 rebounds in Iowa's semifinal win over Eastern Michigan.
The Hawkeyes were scheduled to make their firstever visit to State College this weekend, but Saturday's game against Penn State has been postponed, as was Wednesday's game against Northwestern.
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