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ISU fans, UNI's Jacobson reflect on Johnny Orr's legacy

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Johnny Orr, the man who brought magic to Hilton Coliseum and Ames, died Tuesday.

That magic is something that makes 2000 alum, Matt Craft, very proud to be a Cyclone.

"Probably Iowa States' biggest tradition was Hilton Magic and that's a direct correlation to Johnny Orr. He was the founder of that and you know he's given Iowa State the best tradition we have to date. Iowa State fans are fiercely proud of that tradition and it relates back to him," said Craft.

Craft was the student body president in 2000 and is on the Iowa State Alumni Board. He says he was lucky enough to have had many run-in's with Coach Orr, but one of his more memorable qualities, was his big personality.

"Hawk fans liked him, Panther fans liked him, his biggest rivals liked him. You just could not dislike a guy that had that much enthusiasm and had that much fun," said Craft. 

Head UNI men's basketball coach Ben Jacobson says he would always look forward to events where Coach Orr was there. He says he always admired the impression he left on people.

"We would certainly be a little bit or a lot different in terms of our personalities but the impact that he had on so many people because of the way that he handled himself and the person that he was is something that was really, for me a real good role model."

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