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Grand jury uncovers CU slush fund


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For most of the early to mid 80's SMU's football team was under investigation by the NCAA. What the NCAA found was at least a half a million dollars passed from boosters to assistant coaches, recruits and players. The violations were so egregious that the NCAA gave SMU the "death penalty," stripping the team of all of its scholarships, prohibiting the team from playing on TV or bowls for a few years and other such sanctions. All of the SMU players were declared free agents and could play immediately for other D1A schools without penalty. As a result, SMU had an insufficient number of players to field a football team for the 1987 and 1988 seasons. That's where the term "Death Penalty" came from - the sanctions essentially killed the football program for two years. Starting in 1989 SMU started getting scholarships back and thus they once again fielded a team, albeit one that was hardly competitive for quite a few seasons thereafter. Many could argue the team is still reeling from the scandal nearly 20 years later.

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Yeah, watch the mouth.

Here's how I see it. Colorado gets five years probation, no TV, no bowl games, fires Barnett, and has to clean up their act because of the dreaded lack of institutional control.

Not the death penalty, but about as close as you can get.

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Now I can see where you are coming from. Since CU had already been in hot water about the female kicker and the recruiting scandal, the slush fund may be the final nail in the coffin for CU.

You wonder... if CU had this many skeletons in its closet, how many does the average program have?

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The NCAA is on the verge of a major fall there are many skeletons in the closet, and soon I predict the Beavaqua will hit the fan.

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Now I can see where you are coming from. Since CU had already been in hot water about the female kicker and the recruiting scandal, the slush fund may be the final nail in the coffin for CU.

You wonder... if CU had this many skeletons in its closet, how many does the average program have?

Not just D-I either. You'd be surprised at the shenanigans going on at a lot of D-2 and even D-3 schools.

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