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Big 12 baseball: Coach Tim Jamieson, Missouri baseball leave conference on top

After 18 seasons as the Tigers' head coach, the coach won his first Big 12 Tournament Championship.
BY ANTHONY SLATER For The Oklahoman Published: May 27, 2012

For Missouri coach Tim Jamieson, this wasn't just another chance.

This was his last chance.

Spanning 18 seasons as the head man in Columbia, from the Big Eight days to the digital age, Jamieson has grown fond of the conference he grew up watching.

But the guy who proudly waves the Big 12 flag is gone, heading to the SEC, just another innocent victim of the realignment mess.

And now, after Sunday's thrilling 8-7 win over Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament Championship, Jamieson leaves on top, with his first conference title coming in his final act.

“It's bittersweet,” Jamieson said. “Because I love coming here and I'll miss it. I even talked to my wife about when I retire, and hopefully that's a long way away, but I could see myself coming back down here and watching this tournament. It's just a great experience and I've got a lot of big-time memories, not just on the field. It's special to win the last one.”

Overall, the annual event has been good to Jamieson and his Tigers. Missouri is 25-23 all time, with four championship appearances in 14 years.

But the final day — championship Sunday — has been unusually cruel to the longtime coach.

It started in 2004, when Missouri reached the title game as a No. 7 seed.

Leading Oklahoma State 9-2 in the eighth inning, Missouri fell apart, eventually dropping the automatic bid 10-9 in 13 innings.

In 2009, Missouri battled its way to the final game again, but ran into a powerful Texas team, who won 12-7.

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