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UT's Street, Oklahoma State's Kurland Pass Away
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Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Two Big 12 schools have lost athletic icons. James Street, who led Texas to the 1969 national championship as a magical Wishbone quarterback, died of a heart attack Monday at the age of 65. Bob Kurland, who led Oklahoma State to two national titles and is the most-celebrated player in school history, died in his sleep Sunday at the age of 88.

With Street at quarterback, UT won 20 consecutive games including the "Game of the Century" with Arkansas in 1969. Street made several clutch plays in a come-from-behind 15-14 victory by the top-ranked Longhorns over No. 2 Arkansas in Fayetteville. Celebrated writer Dan Jenkins named Street as the quarterback on Sports Illustrated’s 100-year anniversary team.

Kurland was one of the first seven-footers in college basketball history playing for what was then Oklahoma A&M. He was a consensus first-team All-American for OSU for three-straight seasons (1944, '45 and '46), and led the then-Aggies to back-to-back national championships in 1945 and '46, making OSU the first program in NCAA history to win consecutive national titles in the sport.

 

 

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