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    March 17, 2014

    How SMU Got Screwed Out of the NCAA Tournament

    Going into Sunday, most experts considered SMU a lock to make its first NCAA tournament in 20 years, even after losing to a mediocre University of Houston team in the opening round American Athletic Conference tourney. They beat four Top 25 teams, including a season sweep of UConn. They went 23-9. T ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    SMU Men's Basketball Team Has Cracked the Top 25 for First Time in Three Decades

    On Saturday night, SMU's men's basketball team beat a Top 10 opponent for the first time in 27 years, and it wasn't even close. The Mustangs jumped to a 14-point halftime lead over Cincinnati and never looked back, ultimately winning by 21. It was the team's biggest statement yet, proof that its 19 ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Larry Brown Is Turning SMU Into a Contender, Haters Be Damned

    ESPN Dallas' Jean-Jacques Taylor has a glowing profile of SMU men's basketball coach Larry Brown. Brown, Taylor explains, has built a recruiting pipeline that's already funneling top local talent (Kimball's Keith Frazier, Prime Prep's Emmanuel Mudiay) to the Mustangs. He's helped score a TV contrac ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Tomorrow, SMU Hosts UConn for the First Time Since 1989's "Miracle on Mockingbird"

    This Saturday, for the first time in a quarter century, the University of Connecticut football team will come to Dallas to face off against SMU. The Mustangs are expected to cruise to an easy victory over the winless Huskies, which is a must if they hope to keep their slim bowl chances alive. In th ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Did Ford Name its Mustang after SMU's Mascot?

    It's September 28, 1963, and the mood in the visitor's locker room of Ann Arbor's Michigan Stadium is somber. SMU's undersized Mustang football players hang their heads, mourning their season-opening 27-16 defeat at the hands of the Wolverines. There are few words as the players prepare for the trip ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Larry Brown Had to Beg SMU to Hire Him

    When SMU announced in April that it had hired Larry Brown, the only man to have coached teams to both the NCAA and NBA championships, to lead the Mustangs, a lot of head-scratching ensued. It was hard to fathom why SMU would put its basketball program in the hands of a 72-year-old known for changin ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Playboy Says SMU Has the Nation's Best Nightlife, is a "Never-Ending House Party"

    At first blush, it would appear that Playboy's annual ranking of the country's best party schools is completely arbitrary. How else to explain the appearance of the University of Western Ontario in last year's top 10 or Plymouth State the year before? But no, this is science. "Our methodology?" Pla ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Why Did SMU Really Fire Steve Orsini?

    You don't shoot the goose that laid the golden egg. You just don't -- not unless you really, really have to or the goose stops pooping out gold. Which is why SMU's firing of athletic director Steve Orsini yesterday was so perplexing, and why the non-explanation offered by school President Gerald Tur ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    SMU Advances in the CBI While the Final Four Comes to SMU. Wait, What?

    ​Last night the SMU Mustangs quietly tip-toed into the semifinals of something called the Tournament (CIT) with a seven-point win at Northern Iowa. It's not exactly March Madness - more like March Mediocrity - but considering the Mustangs and head coach Matt ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Wait, SMU Will Be Included in March's Madness?

    ​Never again let me criticize college football for rewarding 70 teams with bowl games. Because college basketball is now doing the same thing. And then some. This year - this week - March has increased, unprecedented Madness. Ohio State, Duke, Pittsburgh and Kansas are the No. 1 seeds as ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    SMU Cheerleader > Texas A&M Cadet

    My favorite part of the informative, entertaining "Pony Excess" ESPN documentary over the weekend was being reminded of the classic scene that unfolded at Texas A&M's Kyle Field on October 31, 1981. Led by Eric Dickerson and Craig James, the 5th-ranked Mustangs trounced a mediocre Aggies ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    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 Exces ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    SMU Guard Gets Drafted By a Team That I Didn't Know Needed a Draft

    ​I saw the Harlem Globetrotters not long ago but I'll admit, I had no idea they had a "draft." You? The world's most famous basketball team yesterday drafted the "Club Trillion" founder, a college slam dunk champion, a husband-wife couple and - lookie here - a dude from SMU. That's right, SMU ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    You Like That Giant Scoreboard at the Cotton Bowl? Good. SMU's Getting One Now.

    ​Apparently, one successful season a rebirth makes, as SMU sends word today that Gerald J. Ford Stadium's about to get quite the upgrade with the installation of a new video scoreboard designed and manufactured by South Dakota-based Daktronics -- the very same company responsible for that towering ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    SMU Hoops Losing its Point Guard, and its Hope?

    ​If this Spring is any indication of where things are headed, SMU basketball's March Madness drought is likely to hit 18 years next season. That's because star point guard Paul McCoy - once thought of as the Mustangs' light at the end of the tunnel - is transferring from SMU. In his plac ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    SMU Cornerback Gets His Bell Rung

    ​Last Sept. 12, SMU cornerback Derrius Bell suffered a concussion in a game at Alabama-Birmingham. Sidelined for three weeks, he returned against TCU and, on the game's first play, violently hit a Frog receiver after a reception. The tackle forced a fumble, and gave Bell another concussi ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Doc About Life After Death Penalty at SMU Gets Held Up. "In a Good Way."

    Untitled from DLP Entertainment on Vimeo.A Friend of Unfair Park directed our attention yesterday to the trailer for a documentary called Article 19, about events leading up to and immediately following SMU's football program receiving the NCAA's death penalty in February 1987. I recalled having rea ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    We're Six Months Away from Ponying Up, But, Still, SMU to ESPN ... Twice

    ​SMU just released the 2010 football schedule, and, clearly, the Christmas Miracle in Hawaii meant a little something-something when it came to the Worldwide Leader locking down dates. Because the season opens with a September 5 Sunday-afternoon showdown in Lubbock against Texas Tech -- the first ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    "You Know, I Used to be a Cheerleader."

    ​Maybe you heard: George W. Bush stopped by Mustangs football practice this morning, where he told the team to "win one for Yom Kippur." Thanks to the SMU media relations department for this end-of-the-day keeper. 

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    June 17, 2009

    SMU Basketball Leads the Nation ... in Tweets?

    Matt Doherty hasn't done much to put SMU back on the college basketball map. He is, however, powering the Ponies to the top of the Twitterverse. SMU urges its coaches to connect to its community. Events. Fund-raisers. Handshakes. Blogs. But you get the feeling Doherty Tweets not because he has ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009
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    March 12, 2009

    SMU Basketball = March Badness

    New Crum Center. Same crummy results. In Matt Doherty's first season as SMU basketball coach back in 2006-07, the Mustangs started 9-1. A victory at Oklahoma would've likely propelled the Ponies into the Top 25. Instead, SMU was humbled in Norman by 27 points, and it's been all drastically down ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    A Calendar That Recalls When SMU Had a Golden Age of Football

    A Friend of Unfair Park who attended SMU sends along this gift-giving suggestion for his fellow Mustangs (and, ya know, anyone else): the school's latest calendar, The Golden Age of Football: 1920s to 1960s, which, like plenty of other retro date-minders on the market, features reproductions of old ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008
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    October 24, 2008
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    September 3, 2008

    SMU Begs Fans to Arrive to Football Games, Like, Before Kick-Off, M'kay?

    SMU would like to get more folks to come to football games. And since losing doesn't appear to be working, the university today announced several in-game changes to begin this Saturday, when the Mustangs host Texas State. Among the add-ons: "extensive use of replay board; live scoring updates; use o ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    Pony Down

    Quarterback Justin Willis rides a rocky road at SMU that detours into a demotion

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    July 2, 2008
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    June 9, 2008

    Pony Up. Or Pony High?

    SMU’s basketball team is back safely and successfully from its summer camp in Africa. If you’re interested, head coach Matt Doherty will provide details tonight at 8 on KRLD 1080 AM. I don’t expect an explanation of the above video, which seems to be SMU football players dancing. But I’d ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008

    To Commemorate Memorial Day, SMU Basketball is Flying to … Africa?

    class="blogImageCaption">Longest road trip in Mustangs' history? If ZZ Top can appear on American Idol, I guess anything’s possible. Even SMU’s basketball team embarking on an African Tour. The squad, led by head coach Matt Doherty, leaves Sunday for a 12-day trip to Senegal and South Af ... More >>

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    March 10, 2008
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    February 14, 2008

    Steve Orsini Has SMU Buying Into Big-Time Sports

    SMU's AD is crazy enough and savvy enough to produce happiness on the Hilltop

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    December 19, 2007

    Hoops Du Jour, With a Side of Pigskin

    So, what are you more intrigued by tonight: the basketball showdown at the American Airlines Center? Or the one up the street at Moody Coliseum? In a rare clash of national high school titans, Duncanville (Class of ’82, thank you very much) meets perennial power Oak Hill Academy at 8 p.m. at SMU. ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007
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    October 29, 2007

    SMU Has Had Its Phil

    In July, SMU debuted its new ad campaign -- that danged "Pony Up!" nonsense cooked up by the Richards Group for a what-the-fuh $750,000. (Over at SMU's official Mustang Musings site, run by the university's athletics department, folks either loved the campaign or hated it upon its debut. Loved it, m ... More >>

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    September 4, 2007
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    August 31, 2007
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    March 8, 2007

    Prince Peruna

    Knocked off his high horse, Matt Doherty tries to whip SMU back into the race

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    March 6, 2007

    Between His Rock and a Hard Place

    Yeah, we were smiling before the season too. Then Matt Doherty rolled out the rock, and that was that. In the middle of his desk at Moody Coliseum, SMU basketball coach Matt Doherty displays a large cinder block inscribed with "RTC" and signed by every member of his team and staff. "Respect, trust a ... More >>

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    December 22, 2006

    Mustang Mania?

    Matt Doherty's turning the Mustanks back into the Mustangs. Is it the holiday yet? Can we go home? First, a fancy library. Now, a legit basketball program? As Grandpa Bill Parcells says, it's not time to get out the anointing oil just yet. But first-year head coach Matt Doherty at least has the Must ... More >>

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    November 1, 2006
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    August 4, 2006
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    May 26, 2006
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    April 13, 2006

    Hapless on the Hilltop

    OK, so let's hear it. It's been a week since SMU fired basketball coach Jimmy Tubbs and promised the reasons went far beyond the wrist-slap NCAA violations of buying players hamburgers and lending them cups of laundry detergent. If there's more to the story--and there'd better be--it's time for outg ... More >>

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    March 24, 2006

    The SMU...Cowboys?

    SMU's athletic administration will take tackle its future by relying on the Dallas Cowboys' past--and not the recent past, but the waaaaay back past. The good past, that is. Steve Orsini will be announced this afternoon as the Mustangs' new athletic director, replacing the retiring Jim Copeland. Ors ... More >>

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    April 24, 2003

    NFL Loves SMU CB

    In this corner, pro football finds a hidden gem

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    August 1, 2002

    Taking the Field

    SMU quarterback trades in his cleats for a bass guitar, and we've got our eye on the ball

  • Culture

    December 7, 2000

    Pony Up

    Mustangs star Jeryl Sasser is back at SMU to increase his net worth

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    August 10, 2000

    Spiel of Dreams

    SMU brags about its new stadium, but coach Mike Cavan knows it won't make fans pay to see a loser

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