Originally written November 30, 2012 on Football Nation:
SMU was the second-smallest school in the Southwest Conference, and one of the smallest in Division I-A, with a total enrollment of just over 9,000 students in 1986.After attempts to recruit top high school players using contemptible methods, SMU was placed on probation five times between 1974 and 1985, and had been slapped with probation seven times overall -- more than any other school.On February 25, the committee voted unanimously to cancel SMU's entire 1987 football season and all four of SMU's scheduled home games in 1988. This was the last the public had heard of the SMU Football program, and has since been obliterated from the spotlight.24 years later, the SMU football team is thriving, and itching to get national attention once again. When running back Zach Line was recruited in 2009 by SMU, they saw potential, and utilized him as a short-yardage back in his freshman season.Line accounted for seven touchdowns in his freshman campaign, and set the tone for his career...
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