|Clyde 'Smackover' Scott' (14.0), William Porter (13.9), Craig Dixon (14.1)|
One of the reasons the picture above is possible is the picture just below. It shows Harrison Dillard pulling up on a hurdle in the Olympic Trials and not qualifying. Dillard was a 'sure thing' to make it in the hurdles. Nevertheless he qualified in the 100 meters and went on to win the gold medal in that event in London.
|From Life in Sports 1985 edited by Richard Whittingham|
Wallace Kirkland photographer
|Four years later in 1952 Olympic Trials, Craig Dixon would hit the deck and Dillard would win the trials and go|
on to a gold medal at Helsinki to add to his 100 meters gold. Photo provided by Pete Brown.
|Smackover Scott at Arkansas|
Smackover played two years at the Naval Academy in 1944 and 45, but transferred on to Arkansas after he escorted the reigning Miss Arkansas around the Academy during a publicity visit. He ended up marrying her and transferring to Arkansas for another three years of eligibility. That was quite common during and after the war as the eliigibility rules were relaxed, and some guys were able to parlay up to six seasons of playing time. You can see in this youtube clip that he had some great wheels.
Clyde Smackover Scott