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Details the Mustangs' descent into corruption and the fallout when it was discovered.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Sources
Part I
1. Birth of a Salesman
2. The Glory Years
3. Snow Job
4. The I-45 Connection
5. Expenses
6. Good on the Hoof
Part II
7. Harmful Effects
8. A Gathering Storm
Part III
9. Getting Away with Murder
10. Blowin' and Goin'
11. Good Ol' Boys
12. No Limits
13. Stay Out of It
14. The Naughty Nine
15. Then Do It
16. Winding Down
Part IV
17. Damage Control
18. Death Row
19. Execution

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David Whitford is an editor at large for Fortune magazine and a regular commentator on sports, business, and politics for television. He is the author of Extra Innings: A Season in the Senior League and Playing Hardball: The High-Stakes Battle for Baseball's New Franchises.


"David Whitford does a fine job of detailing a decade of sordid events leading to SMU's banishment from football." - F. E. Halpert, The Nation "Exhibiting admirable sympathy for innocent fans and boosters ... [Whitford] makes engrossing, even suspenseful the story of recruiting violations and cover-ups that led to the 1987 termination of Southern Methodist University's football program by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Combining the histories of Dallas, college football, SMU (chartered in 1911), and the NCAA, Whitford explains how athletics became attached to institutions of higher learning--from the 1830s, when English sports entered the curriculum, to present-day America, where sports coaches often earn higher salaries than college presidents." - Library Journal "[Whitford's] well-documented expose is impressive." - Publishers Weekly "Should be required reading for every college president." - Frederick C. Klein, Wall Street Journal "[Mr. Whitford] has put the entire narrative [of the SMU scandal] together so that it reads a bit like an athletic version of Jimmy Breslin's novel The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." - New York Times Book Review

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