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Athletes, coaches, fans react to Hummel injury

There's only one thing to say about basketball star Rob Hummel's season-ending knee injury Saturday: It stinks.

That was the sentiment from Purdue athletes, opposing coaches and fans, many chirping in through the social networking universe, after learning of the injury.

When Hummel's injury was announced inside Ross-Ade Stadium during a TV newsbreak that was broadcast on the big screen, fans booed.

When football coach Danny Hope was told in his post-game news conference, a look of shock spread across his face. He quickly glanced at athletic director Morgan Burke, who was also present at the news conference.

"That's unbelievable," Hope said. "I'm sorry to hear that. They've dealt with it before. They'll come on and play like champions. ... They'll find a way to make it happen. Those guys are winners, and they have a lot of heart. A man goes down, you just tighten up and lock arms and everybody just does more."

Running back Dan Dierking said he's a good friend of Hummel's and found out before the game about the injury.

"That breaks my heart to hear," Dierking said. "He's a competitor, though. If he wants to play basketball later on in life, I'm sure he can."

Guard Chris Kramer tweeted soon after the injury was announced and called for prayers for his former teammate.

Indiana coach Tom Crean tweeted this: "I know Purdue is our rival but after a great practice this morning I was instantly down and sick to my stomach ... I think he epitomizes how one should play, work and carry himself as a young man. He appears to me to be a very mentally and physically tough person so no one should doubt he will be back when he is healthy and be as good as ever."

Creen also tweeted that he is going to write Hummel a letter and encouraged fans to do so.

Butler coach Brad Stevens tweeted "all the best from the Butler Bulldogs."

Purdue guard Anthony Johnson, a freshman, tweeted "now u find out whos in ur support system."

Fans' tweets ranged from being devastated about not having another chance at the Final Four to being supportive of the rest of the team to offering support for Hummel.

  • On a personal note, Hummel has always been a classy, accommodating, friendly guy to work with. And not that anyone is deserving of a devastating injury, but it certainly seems unfair for Hummel to get hit again. He truly worked hard to get his knee ready in time for the season and to make a special final run with good buddies JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore. It's a shame he's robbed of that opportunity.
  • When I spoke with four national analysts -- Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, Jim Jackson and Mike DeCourcy -- for my practice preview story this week, all four of them said Hummel was the best player on the team.