I was an SMU MBA student in ‘86 when they got nailed, and the Death Penalty followed. Their football has never recovered. Chad Morris should have stayed at SMU. Lost our last good coach to TCU. Pony Express and Heisman days are long gone…. Tough to watch since DP, but still a fan. Great school, and traditions. Go Mustangs! UCF killed them…..
Remember it took over 20 years for Clemson to recover from Danny Ford’s departure. If SMU had not gotten the Death Penalty, it may have been Clemson a couple years later. Clemson and SMU were some of the best teams in the early 1980’s, and the big schools like Texas, UNC, Georgia.. did not like it. The NCAA wanted to make an example of some team, and SMU committed some stupid violations. It also caused the Southwest Conference to disappear…..