The Pony Trap: Escaping the 1987 SMU Football Death Penalty

The Pony Trap: Escaping the 1987 SMU Football Death Penalty by David Blewett 0985988304 9780985988302
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Forget everything you think you know about SMU Football and the infamous Death Penalty. Previous accounts told the story from the perspective of the NCAA or of the news media and hyped the scandal for personal gain. The story as they told it, was one of corruption and of the under resourced NCAA struggling mightily to clean up rampant cheating within the college ranks. In The Pony Trap, former SMU football player and member of the Death Penalty team David Blewett, backs into the motivation to find out what really happened. His daughter innocently asks, "Daddy, did you do anything wrong when you played football for SMU?" Blewett embarks on a journey of remembrance and discovery. Along the way he decides to get back in football playing shape and pushes the NCAA to reinstate his eligibility to play his last year of football at age 45. He reestablishes old friendships and engages with the current athletic department at SMU for the first time. Its a story of football, its a story of struggle, and its a story of the numerous traps set for the team and for SMU. What you thought you knew about the biggest scandal in NCAA history is not what happened. The truth is, it was much bigger than SMU, and it involved the corruption of the NCAA itself. The Pony Trap shines a light on the beginnings of college football and the evolution of the NCAA. It examines the preferential treatment of the University of Texas vs. the biased treatment of SMU. It presents a balanced and accurate picture of what the SMU football team was really like. In the end, Blewett answers his daughter and sets the record straight. SMU wasnt handed the Death Penalty, SMU was trapped and forced into the Death Penalty. There was no way out. For hard cover copies, radio interviews, and more information...please see

Author: David Blewett

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 248

Publisher: Tower One

Publication Date: 2012-07-23

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