Front page of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS on Feb. 26, 1987:
The Southern Methodist University football program, the most punished in NCAA history, received the harshest sanctions ever â€“ including suspension for the 1987 season â€“ when the NCAA announced its precedent-setting decision Wednesday.
Citing penalties intended to “eliminate a program that was built on a legacy of wrongdoing, deceit and rule violations,” the NCAA Committee on Infractions for the first time barred a school from playing football for an entire season.
That news was largely the culmination of reporting done in Dallas the previous two years by WFAA-TV sports director Dale Hansen.
This week Hansen produced a short video opinion piece on what he thought of the NCAA’s decision to maintain Cam Newton’s eligibility in the wake of allegations that Newton’s father actively marketed his son’s football skills to Mississippi State.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton â€” suspended yesterday â€” is back already.
The NCAA says Newton’s father did try to get money from Mississippi State for his son to play there, but he never asked Auburn for money… and the son didn’t know anything about what the father was doing, anyway.
Of course he didn’t.
This is like saying you smoked it but you didn’t inhale.
I’m telling you this: If I’m ever accused of a crime, I want the NCAA to handle the investigation.
They have a policy our government uses now: “too big to fail.” And since Auburn is… they won’t.
Hard to disagree.