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From 1981-1984, a small private school in Dallas owned the best record in college football. The Mustangs of Southern Methodist University (SMU) were riding high on the backs of the vaunted "Pony Express" backfield. But as the middle of the decade approached, the program was coming apart at the seams. Wins became the only thing that mattered as the University increasingly ceded power of the football program to the city's oil barons and real estate tycoons and flagrant and frequent NCAA violations became the norm. On February 25, 1987, the school and the sport were rocked, as the NCAA meted out "the death penalty" on a college football program for the first and only time in its history. SMU would be without football for two years, and the fan base would be without an identity for 20 more until the Mustangs' win in the 2009 Hawaii Bowl. This is the story of Dallas in the 1980's and the greed, power, and corruption that spilled from the oil fields onto the football field and all the way to the Governor's Mansion. Director Thaddeus D. Matula, a product of the SMU film school, chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of this once mighty team.
- Stars: Angelo Dundee , Antonio Davis , Barry Switzer , Bernie Kosar , Bill Clinton , Bill Gallo , Bill Plaschke , Bill Simmons , Bo Jackson , Bob Costas , Bob Ryan , Brent Musburger , Brian Bosworth , Bruce McNall , Bryan Burwell , Charley Steiner , Chris Berman , Chuck D. , Clyde Drexler , Connie Chung , Craig James , Curt Schilling , Dale Hansen , Dan Le Batard , Dan Patrick , Dan Rather , David Stern , Dennis Rodman , Dick Vitale , Donald Trump , Ed Bradley , Fred Akers , Howard Cosell , Howie Long , Hubert Davis , Ice Cube , Jack McCallum , Jalen Rose , Jane Pauley , Jay Bilas , Joe Dumars , Joe Theismann , John Singleton , John Starks , Johnny Dawkins , June Jones , Keith Jackson , Keith Olbermann , Kenny Anderson , Kevin Blackistone , Larry Bird , Larry Brown , Larry King , Leon Searcy , Lou Holtz , Lou Piniella , Magic Johnson , Maria Shriver , Mark Heisler , Mark Messier , Marv Albert , Michael Eric Dyson , Michael Jordan , Michael Wilbon , Mike Krzyzewski , Mike Tirico , Mike Tyson , Pat Riley , Patrick Ewing , Pedro Martinez , Pete Rozelle , Ray Van Ness III , Roy Williams , Rudy Giuliani , Sal Marchiano , Sam Smith , Sidney Lowe , Skip Bayless , Snoop Dogg , Spike Lee , Terry Francona , Tom Brokaw , Vin Scully , Wayne Gretzky