It was a state law. The drinking age was 18 in 1978 and earlier. Then it was raised to 19 in the spring of 1979. Then the federal government threatened to take away funds from the states that did not raise it to 21 in 1984.
Is that the NIT where we started with a road game in Cookeville against a really good TTU team. After trailing most of game, one of our guards hit a jumper to win it....(Jackson, Johnson, Carter, can't remember?) Too much Dickel
Nah, it was Brooks from near the top of the key. He was slicky smooth and appeared to show no nerves. We got the ball to our best scorer with the game on the line. I see where the final was 65-62. Maybe Tech missed a tie attempt at end, and fouled or such. The Vols didn't look too interested early, but Tech let us hang around.
The following game was also a barn burner. That team had steady guard play in that good ole Don Devoe controlling way of things.
True story: I was a senior when Seth was a junior. I was a 6'2" point guard and Seth was a 6'9", 6"10 center. We were playing a 1-3-1 zone (Doug Ashworth was our head coach, yes that Doug Ashworth). I blocked Seth's shot, actually slapped up into the stands. My teammate was so fired up, when came to chest bump me, he kicked me in the nads and I had to leave the game for a few minutes.