NCAA Denies Iowa’s Request to Honor Street
Just when you thought the NCAA couldn’t get any more jacked up, we learn they denied Iowa’s request to honor Chris Street
I will admit to being sensitive over this one. Then again, so may a few hundred thousand of you, too.
Rick Brown of the Des Moines Register wrote in an item on Monday that Iowa wanted to honor Chris Street in its game on January 19th by putting ‘STREET’ on the back of the player jerseys for the game.
That seems simple and honorable, does it not?
They weren’t asking to screen print his face on a jersey. They weren’t asking for camoflague or whatever the hell Maryland and Oregon do with their jerseys on a regular basis.
They just asked to put the last name of a deceased player on the back of the jerseys for one game, in place of the names of the individual players that are usually there. For one game, to symbolize the desire for the program an its players to play the game like Chris Street played and to honor Street’s memory and his family.
In their infinite wisdom, the NCAA said ‘No.’
Each week during the college football season, it seems that there is a new and ugly ‘pro combat’ style uniform, or a throwback week, or something where teams where jerseys that are not anything like their normal jerseys. It doesn’t just seem like it; that’s what happens.
What possibly could have been their rationale to deny this request? It doesn’t make sense, just like it didn’t make sense to deny Jared Reiner a 5th year of eligibility when he had to miss most of his senior year with an injury, a player who was a great student and graduated in four years.
The NCAA proves once again that it has no standard, no guidebook; it just makes decisions on whims.