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The Pony Trap: Escaping the 1987 SMU Football Death Penalty Kindle Edition

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"If you ever wanted to know more about the SMU Death Penalty, this bombshell of a book is more than a great place to start. Blewett gives you a no-holds-barred insider's look at the scandal and his explosive claims will give you pause for thought. Read this book!"

- Thaddeus D. Matula, Peabody Award winning Director of ESPN's '30 for 30' film "Pony Excess" about the SMU Football scandal.

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  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985988304
  • Publisher: Tower One Books (November 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O70W0Y
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Wylie on July 24, 2012
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First, I need to disclose that I know the author and he is a good friend. I knew he played during this time and didn't like talking about it so I didn't ask questions. I am glad I have the full story now, but its made me very angry.

I attended SMU in the fall of 1987. A few short months after the football team got the death penalty. As an 18 year old fresh out of high school, I just didn't realize how big a deal this was. I had already been accepted and decided to go to SMU before the death penalty happened. I remember some friends of my Dad asking me how I could go to a school without football. I was actually a huge football fan having played from age 7 to my senior year of high school, but I thought it was an odd question since I was going for an education. In any event, I didn't fully realize what the death penalty meant. I thought we would miss a year of football then start right back being good. Man, I was wrong. First SMU cuts another year and then we made it as tough on ourselves as possible by making it harder to get a scholarship to play football than any other Division I school.

Even 25 years later I still didn't fully understand everything. I thought the ESPN 30 for 30 did a good job of explaining it, but now after reading this book, that show barely scratched the service. I am just blown away by what the NCAA did to us but even more so about HOW they did it. And the fact that the University of Texas and the local ABC station WFAA also had a part in it by being extremely unethical.

The really sad part is how so many innocent players, students, alumni and fans suffered and the ones who were really responsible got away with no penalty at all. The Penn State players, students, alumni and fans must feel the same way now. They did absolutely nothing but now pay for the sins of others.

Read this book. Its going to open your eyes. And you will be mad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Investor on October 28, 2012
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Very good read! Would recommend to all college football fans, not just SMU alums.

The book bounces back and forth in time (from early 80s football playing days, to current day), and keeps both periods interesting. Good information about the history of college football, and puts the early 80's issues in perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SoCal Native on October 3, 2012
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As an SMU alumnus, I found this book quite interesting particularly the research done by the author concerning the NCAA. I have long been of the opinion that the NCAA treated SMU unfairly given the rampant "cheating" that took place throughout college football in the time frame SMU was given the Death Penalty. Although I was a student at SMU when the football program was shut down, I had very little knowledge of what led to the NCAA sanctions. The book provides a detailed history lesson of the SMU program and what led to the Death Penalty, much better than the Pony Excess movie on ESPN. I congratulate the author on a job well done and wish him the best in his pursuit of the truth should he decide to file suit against the NCAA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E Welch on August 18, 2012
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I purchased The Pony Trap on the recommendation of a friend and found it to be a "back-stage pass" into the locker room of the 1987 SMU team. As a college football fan, I followed the SMU case closely and developed my opinions based upon the information that was presented through popular media at the time. The author, who actually played on the team, invites the reader to re-think conventional wisdom and raises issues that eventually will have to be addressed. The Pony Trap allows the reader to review history from a player's perspective; unfiltered, it is refreshing. As soon as I cracked the spine, I was hooked with the opening chapter. I also found the book to be very sad. The decisions made by those who have been charged with the responsibility to guide these "kids" have clearly had a lasting impact, and not for the better. From my view, these kids were nothing more than cattle to be traded or slaughtered as necessary. The Pony Trap is an expose. The Author should be commended. If it weren't for the comic relief sprinkled throughout the book, this would be a tough read. It should be stressed that this book is written from the player's perspective. To my knowledge this may be a first on the topic. It will be interesting to see what books come out of the Penn State locker room in 20 years, but this will certainly give you a preview.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on August 6, 2012
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Just when you thought you knew the story. This is a great book for those who have an interest in SMU's Death Penalty. I, like a lot of people, thought I knew a lot about SMU sports and the death penalty. The author did a masterful job of telling the story with a lot of detail - virtually a front row seat as it all unfolds. It includes many surprising conclusions. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark M on July 30, 2012
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As a member of what would have been the 1987 SMU football team I thank you for taking the time to write this book. Somehow, the player's story and the REAL STORY had never been told. It is shameful that the NCAA pretends to protect the student athlete but what they are really protecting is their right to control the money made in college athletics. We see that today with the Penn State football team. A coach commits major crimes against players and children...disgusting crimes. Not one player did anything wrong, but now they pay the price. I feel for those guys. SMU was no angel, but the system itself was corrupt and probably still is. For 25 years I have driven by SMU, there has never been a time where my gut did not hurt when I see the football field. My dream was crushed there and it still hurt to think of what might have been. This book has helped me sort through those emotions and helps me understand what REALLY happened. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the TRUTH about the SMU DEATH PENALTY, and wants to discover why the NCAA should quit pretending to protect the student athlete and quit punishing players who are innocent. In the end, this book reminds me that bitterness and regret can only be overcome through love and forgiveness. Well done Dave. JMM
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