On This Date 2/25/1987

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The NCAA hands out the harshest penalty it can apply to the SMU football program. Southern Methodist a power in the Southwest Conference s shutdown for the entire 1987 season, in what is called by the NCAA the “Death Penalty.” Also, losing all scholarships, SMU would miss the 1988 season as well as they were banned from television and home games. The “Death Penalty” left SMU in ruin as they had just one winning season over the next two decades.

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