Before Miami's mess, there was SMU's death penalty
If you think the emerging scandal at Miami is the worst college football has ever endured, you might not remember SMU.
A former University of Miami booster and convicted Ponzi schemer claims he provided Hurricanes players with cash, prostitutes, cars and other gifts over a seven-year period.
The news has had many fans asking whether Miami — if the allegations are found to be true — could be in danger of having its football program shut down by the NCAA. The so-called death penalty has only been handed down to one college football program, SMU's for the 1987 season.
As serious as the Miami case looks, former NCAA vice president David Swank said the Hurricanes should not be treated the same way as the Mustangs.