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.