An In-Depth Look at the SMU Fall Sports Season

December 7, 2008  

Posted by Casey Gibeaut

To say that SMU’s fall semester sports season was a disappointment might be the understatement of the millenium. SMU football, which brings in the highest funding in the athletic department, finished only 1-11 in the first year of the June Jones era, while men’s soccer failed to make the NCAA Tournament for only the second time since 1984.

But with all the disppointment this season brought, there were a couple of highs. Even though SMU football could only manage one win for the season, there were four games this season that the team lost by seven points or less.

Perhaps SMU’s greatest football success this season wasn’t the 11 point win over Texas State, but rather the teams valiant effort against then undefeated Tulsa. The Mustangs lost the contest 37-31 at Ford Stadium but held a lead 31-24 entering the fourth quarter. SMU’s freshman quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns against the Golden Hurricane.

The soccer team’s lack of success can probably pinned on SMU Brazilian star Bruno Guarda leaving the University a year early to pursue a career in Major League Soccer playing for FC Dallas. Former SMU men’s soccer coach Schellas Hyndman, who is the fourth winningest coach in NCAA history, was hired as the FC Dallas coach before the start of SMU’s 2008 season.

Even though the SMU fall athletic season is thoroughly forgettable, you know what they say; There’s always next year. And there’s nowhere to go but up.

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