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Ringer from Down Under
Leigh Montville
June 12, 1995
Hired arm Tanya—not Tonya—Harding pitched UCLA to a tainted NCAA softball title
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June 12, 1995

Ringer From Down Under

Hired arm Tanya—not Tonya—Harding pitched UCLA to a tainted NCAA softball title

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(The recruitment of foreign athletes, of course, is not new. In a notable case Seton Hall brought another Australian, Andrew Gaze, into its basketball program six years ago with similar results. The school went to the NCAA Final Four and Gaze checked out of New Jersey three days after Seton Hall lost in the championship game. Tanya—not Tonya—might have brought the process to a new dimension. Gaze had to go through at least one round of final exams. Tanya—not Tonya—did not even have to do that. All she had to do was win.)

You wonder how she will describe this little college experience to her friends at home. What was college like? Hey, it was a good time. Good games, good food, good trips. We were national champions.

You wonder how hard everyone will laugh at this wonderful 10-week joke. Tanya—not Tonya—should laugh the hardest.

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