Jane Burns: Iowa's season of grief still resonates 20 years later : Wsj From article: On the night before Thanksgiving, the 47-year-old husband of coach C. Vivian Stringer died of a heart attack. Her life and the lives of her family changed forever and somehow, in ways I still can't get my head around today, she joined her team six weeks later and continued the season. In that same two-month period was the death of men's basketball player Chris Street in a car accident and the deaths of the women's team's former ballgirl and its team physician. People think sports writers have the easy job, that we cover fun and games. But people forget that those involved in sports â€” as players, as coaches, as writers â€” experience the same gamut of life as everyone else.