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    As I recall, Tennessee had the NCAA title wrapped up in 1983. Rickey Pittman, our star steepler, had only to get over one last barrier and finish and we would have nipped Washington State for the title. As luck would have it, Pittman fell over the barrier and finished too far back and the Cougars won.

    Tennessee was the beneficiary of some bad luck for TCU when Kim Collins false started in the 200 M a couple of years ago. I believe the Frogs would have won that title, but I'm not sure.

    In Baton Rouge, talk was that LSU fouled in the 4x1 (but it went uncalled on their home track), which allowed them to nip us for the title. Nothing like some good home cooking -- especially on the bayou. You're not going to get many calls in any sport with those crazy cajuns in the crowd. Baton Rouge is a different kind of place. Do I sound bitter? ;-)

    Any other stories of bad luck at the NCAA championships (or any other competition)?

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    TCU was indeed snake bitten that year (2001). In addition to the 1 point loss to the hand of your Vols after Kim's false start, the Flyin Frogs dropped the stick indoors in the 4x4 with a nine point lead. Guess who wins the race? The only team within 10 points -- LSU. Game, set, you know.


    • #3
      Re: NCAA champs bad luck

      Can't tell you off the top my head who did win in '83 (Arkansas?) but do know that Washington State never has.


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        Thanks for the heads up. It was Southern Methodist who won the '83 title with 104 points to 102 for Tennessee. 102 is a lot of points to score and not win a title. Most points ever by a runner-up team and only team to break 100 points and be runner-up. Unless I'm missing something on this site (most likely!): ... sults/5315