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    The 'Death Penalty' and How the College Sports Conversation Has Changed.

    “It’s like what happened after we dropped the [atom] bomb in World War II. The results were so catastrophic that now we’ll do anything to avoid dropping another one.”

    That’s how John Lombardi, former president of the University of Florida, described the so-called “death penalty” levied upon Southern Methodist University in 1987 after the NCAA determined that the school had been paying several of its football players. Until the punishment came down—on this day, Feb. 25, in 1987—SMU had seemed like the opposite of a cautionary tale. The tiny Dallas university, with just 6,000 students, had finished its 1982 season undefeated, ranking No. 2 in the nation and winning the Cotton Bowl, and added a second Southwest Conference championship to its résumé two years later. The SMU of the early 1980s stood toe-to-toe with conference powers Texas, Texas A&M and Arkansas—and proved itself their equal.


    https://time.com/3720498/ncaa-smu-death-penalty/


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    I watched the 30 for 30 about this. It was good.

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    Have you seen the Catholics vs Convicts 30 for 30? That is probably my favourite ESPN 30 for 30 doco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneOnly2 View Post
    Have you seen the Catholics vs Convicts 30 for 30? That is probably my favourite ESPN 30 for 30 doco.
    I did. That was a good one also. Remember that kid that was printing those T-shirts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
    I did. That was a good one also. Remember that kid that was printing those T-shirts?
    Yeah. He hid his profits with a priest or something hey.

    The Trojan War is another good one. USC vs University of Texas. I dont watch a lot of American football but you dont have to to enjoy these docos. They are great documentaries. The Bo Jackson was is good too. And that one Brian and the Boz. Ha. A lot of good basketball ones too. Like 'Playing for the Mob'. And that Free Spirits one about the Spirits of St. Louis.

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    The problem is that the school gets the death penalty and the coaches just move on to the next job without missing a beat.

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