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I found this photo and thought it was funny. Note the caption underneath...


For those of you who don't remember, SMU actually used to have a VERY good football team, especially during the early 1980's. In 1982, they almost won a National Championship with a team featuring the RB tandem of Eric Dickerson and Craig James, known as the "Pony Express." They ended up finishing 2nd in the polls due to a tie vs Arkansas in their final game, yet they were the only remaining undefeated team in the country that year. Penn State officially won the 1982 Nat'l Championship, even though they had 1 loss. 

This was during the era when boosters from major college programs were openly giving stud athletes briefcases full of cash, cars, etc to entice them to commit to play at their schools. SMU just happened to get caught with repeated violations. To this day, Dickerson contends that all major colleges were cheating just as blatantly as SMU, because he said he got serious offers of money and perks from Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, and A&M alumni. He claims that the NCAA investigation into SMU's football recruiting practices was prompted by SMU beating the crap out of Texas repeatedly in the early 1980's. According to Dickerson, little SMU beating the almighty Texas didn't sit well with the UT alumni, and they had powerful enough influence to get the NCAA to launch an investigation into "Ponygate," as the scandal was called. This eventually led to the NCAA levying the first and only "death penalty" against a college football program. Whether Dickerson's claims are true or not remains unknown. Regardless, the "death penalty" required SMU to cancel its 1987 and 1988 seasons, along with probation extending into 1990, ending the mighty Mustangs' status among the elite programs.

To this day, SMU's football program still hasn't recovered from the infamous "death penalty."
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That's a timely note Ted, Dan Patrick talked about that very thing on his show last week. Very interesting.
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"The best team money could buy". Ron Meyer was slippery one. 

Dickerson, to my knowledge, never would say how much SMU gave him, to this day.    

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