Cigarettes seen on ESPN in College World Series regional just a ‘good luck prop’

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The pack of cigarettes spotted in a dugout during a College World Series regional game is apparently just a good luck charm.

An interview during Tennessee’s 12-7 win over Campbell in the Knoxville Regional on Saturday night showed a pack of Marlboro cigarettes sitting in the dugout behind Campbell coach Justin Haire. The cigarettes were seen on ESPN, and appeared to be a violation of Tennessee and NCAA policies.

On Sunday, Campbell assistant athletic director Davis Dupree told Knox News that the package was empty.

"The empty box of cigarettes was discovered during the conference tournament and became a good luck prop for the team during the run through the conference tournament," Dupree wrote in an email to Knox News. "No actual cigarettes were present in the dugout or consumed at any time by any member of the Campbell baseball team or staff."

The game took place at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at the University of Tennessee which, like most colleges and universities across the country, doesn’t allow smoking anywhere on campus. Cigarettes are also a violation of NCAA policies, and anyone in violation of that rule would be ejected from the game.

But, as the pack was just an empty “good luck prop,” there’s no harm done.

Campbell was eliminated from the regional after a 16-5 loss to Georgia Tech on Sunday. Georgia Tech and Tennessee will square off in the regional championship.

The College World Series is set to start June 17 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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A pack of cigarettes were spotted in the Campbell dugout during an interview on Saturday night, which would have been a violation of NCAA and university rules. (Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
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