On this week’s show, we talk with David Blewett, who wrote The Pony Trap: Escaping the 1987 SMU Football Death Penalty.
Blewett, who was recruited by and played defensive end for SMU during the NCAA’s investigation and eventual Death Penalty ruling, brings us a unique account of one the most controversial decisions in collegiate sports history.
And when his daughter asked him if he did anything wrong by being a part of the SMU Program.
In our Interview, David talks about the process of answering that question and what he learned about the NCAA’s handling of the situation.
We also talk about the NCAA’s current handling of violations across college football and how Blewett believes that the NCAA is in serious trouble.
We touch on so many other subjects as well that pertain to his book and his experience with SMU, the Death Penalty, the NCAA, and his attempt to return to college football at age 45.
I highly recommend that you pick up The Pony Trap. Unlike Pony Excess, Dave Blewett brings you a perspective from the players point of view and a true look at what it can feel like being a nobody in an Association that banks on athletes to make a profit.
Also this week, our friend Dan Vest at Land Grant Holy Land stops by to preview the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which will take place in Columbus this weekend at St. John Arena.
Vest breaks down the growth of the Buckeye program through head coach Tom Ryan. We also talk about the legacy that Logan Steiber will leave behind, Kyle Snyder’s chance at a national title, and what Ohio State needs to do on Saturday and Sunday to bring home a conference title.
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