Craig James, this is your life.

ESPN, of all places, has green lighted a documentary on the SMU cheating scandal that ultimately led to the NCAA giving the program the death penalty.  I say “of all places” because it employs somebody who was at SMU when all of that went down.

… SMU’s Mustang Mania period from 1978 through 1986 featured some awesome players, including Eric Dickerson and Craig James, and some truly inspired cheating by coach Ron Meyer and his gang of well-heeled bag men, whose tactics were countenanced by no less than the governor of this state, Bill Clements.

It’s a subject that has long cried out for a comprehensive documentary, and it appears one is on the way. ESPN has green-lighted Pony Excess, directed by SMU film school graduate Thaddeus D. Matula, to air on the night of the Heisman Trophy presentation in December as part of the network’s 30 for 30 series.

Craig James is going to be keeping that PR firm of his busy for the rest of the year.

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8 responses to “Craig James, this is your life.

  1. Dog in Fla

    For starters, maybe his PR firm could give him this talking point and instructional video:

    “I’m Craig James, bitch!”

    Then he can talk about secession.

    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/01/craig-james-helps-lead-think-t.html

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  2. RedCrake

    I am sure it will be a completely legitimate portrait of SMU and James. If I’ve learned anything in the last 10-15 years its that ESPN never (never ever) has an agenda.

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  3. Greg

    Yeah, kind of like the 30 for 30 that they did on “the U”, which made the Miami president look like the villian for putting an end to the thuggery. Listening to the former Miami players talk in that program just made me sick. Not one ounce of remorse or accountability from any of them. Anything negative that happened was all someone else’s fault.

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    • Rum-Dawg Millionaire

      LOL yeah… I liked the angle that the University President was just afraid of black students. That was priceless.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      You can bet the blame will be placed by the WWL on someone other than James and the other players who took $$ to play for SMU.

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    • MT

      I doubt they pull in the UK basketball scandals in as comparison.

      When thousands of dollars fall out of a mailed package to a recruit from UK, among other things (extensive academic cheating, payola), that screams out for a systemetic cleansing and severe punitive punishment, especially when it seemed like they could not control the program.

      If SMU hadn’t taken the extreme fall that it had, UK would definitely not be where it is today.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_penalty_(NCAA)#Kentucky_basketball_.281986-1988.29

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      • gernblanski

        The assistant who sent the $$ to Chris Mills is now close to being the head coach of your Atlanta Hawks.

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        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Ain’t college athletics great? The coaches cheat, the school gets in trouble, the kid gets kicked out. But the coach changes jobs, all is forgotten and he gets the brass ring. Is this a great country or what?

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