The nature of the violations led to speculation about the possibility of SMU receiving the “penalty”. The revelations came at a time of great concern over the integrity of college sports. On , SMU s faculty athletics representative, religious stu.s professor .It is the only modern penalty handed down to a Division I school. SMU football had already been placed on three years probation in for recruiting violations. At the time, it had been on probation seven times including five times since , more than any other school in Division I A..
Smu Football Death Penalty
On Feb. , , the SMU football team was suspended for an entire season. Nearly two decades later, the program has yet to recover.