■ Roller-coaster season ends in heartbreak for Mizzou (The Maneater)
All season long, Missouri Tigers baseball coach Tim Jamieson waited patiently for his young team to grow up, bond together and play to its potential.
All season long, Jamieson was really waiting for the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
But the inches-from-glory feeling that engulfed the MU players in their final moment of the 2011 season served as the perfect measurement of how far the Tigers had come since the dog days of early spring.
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It was no doubt a gut-wrenching feeling for the Tigers to free-fall from a warpath wrecking crew to a team in reflection of the season that was. But in the context of a yearlong struggle to meet potential, perhaps ending on the note of a story that has run out of ink was the end the Tigers needed to justify their means.