SMU and "Pony Excess": The Scars Remain
No one from the 1980s pay-for-play scandals remains at SMU, but the stigma - and the residue from the NCAA's Death Penalty - remain on the Hilltop.
Those wounds may not be re-opened, but they'll certainly be re-visited Saturday night when ESPN presents its latest 30 for 30 documentary: "Pony Excess."
Athletic director Steve Orsini says the Mustangs long ago healed from that era. Maybe. But with a one-hour, 42-minute, stirring look back and interviews with everyone from Dale Hansen to Verne Lundquist to former assistant coach Steve Endicott we'll at least be reminded where the scars are.
Patrick Duffy narrates. And, no, it's not just a coincidence that the documentary airs immediately after the Heisman Trophy will awarded to a player embroiled in controversy - Cam Newton.
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