I like this part from Ron Addison. It was great in those days, you wanted to go somewhere, just hitchhike. Better and faster than the bus or the train.
"We were just young guys in the '70s, just living the life," said Ron Addison, a member of both UT national championship teams. "We had it made. We were on scholarship, we trained, we went to class, we studied, and we just had a good time. We had no worries. All we had to do was run well. That was our main focus, and we had good coaches and good support."
Addison was recruited to UT from his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He recalls road trips to meets, eating dinner with teammates and coaches, and other things that don't happen nowadays in college athletics.
"We'd go hitchhiking," Addison said. "We'd go to a cross-country meet or a track meet, and you only had a (team) bus, so you couldn't go anywhere. If we wanted to go someplace, we'd stick out our thumb and hitchhike. You can't do that anymore."