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.