Sherwood Blount: Player in SMU Scandal Subject of ESPN Documentary
Sherwood Blount isn't a name you hear very often but back when SMU was a football power, he was a key player in the scandal that brought the Mustangs' program to the ground.
Blount was a booster and a Dallas real-estate developer who had played for SMU from 1969-1971. He helped create a slush fund with other boosters to help pay players for their contributions on the field for the program.
In 1985-1986, players made a total of $47,000 with eight players that year being paid an extra $14,000 from September of 1986 all the way through December of that year.
The fund was scheduled to be eliminated when the 13 players who were getting paid had left the program. However, they were made with the full knowledge and approval of the athletic department and the staff. Athletic director Bob Hitch knew about it as early as 1981 and helped make the decision to keep paying players after the program was put on probation in 1985.
Head coach Bobby Collins knew players were getting paid but didn't know which ones. This scandal was part of the final documentary in ESPN's amazing 30 for 30 series. It was an amazing documentary and an amazing series and I can't wait to own all of them on DVD. These are a must watch if you're a sports fan and if it airs again, be sure to watch it.
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