VIDEO: Dale Hansen Talks ‘Death Penalty’ at SMU Faculty Club

January 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Fernando Valdes

Channel 8 Sports Anchor Dale Hansen speaks at SMU Faculty Club, Monday, January 25th. Hansen recalled his involvement in the investigation regarding the cheating in the SMU Football program, which later lead to the death penalty. (PHOTO BY FERNANDO VALDES/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Dale Hansen, Channel 8 Sports Anchor who originally broke the story about the NCAA infractions committed by the SMU Football Program in the 1980′s, spoke Monday afternoon at the SMU Faculty Club.

For the first time since Pony Excess aired on ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series, Hansen had the opportunity to share his side of the story with SMU. He recalled how he could not believe that a school would cheat in order to win football games. Hansen also told stories about the many threats he received following SMU’s Death Penalty, one of which included a package that contained a dead bird with a broken neck and a note pinned to its chest stating he was next.

Throughout his speech Hansen commended June Jones for the work he has done at SMU and his desire to win the right way, without cheating.

Hansen does not apologize for the outcome of the investigation. Instead, he says he feels proud that it was his station that uncovered the story.

VIDEO: Dale Hansen Speaks at SMU Faculty Club from on Vimeo.

Video and Editing by Fernando Valdes

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Army Beats SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl

December 31, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Photos By Julius Pickenpack

Turnovers Cost SMU Armed Forces Bowl

December 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

SMU’s Pony Express did not come out of the last game of the year with an excess of points as they suffered a 16-14 loss to Army in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Ford Stadium.

Turnovers in the first half proved key to the ultimate demise of the Mustangs as the completion of two quarters left them down by 16 and without any points of their own. Two of the turnovers were interceptions planted by SMU quarterback Kyle Padron.

SMU quarterback Kyle Padron threw for 302 yards in Thursday's bowl game against Army. (PHOTO BY JULIUS PICKENPACK / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

“He didn’t go through his progressions in the first half quite like he should have,” said SMU Head Coach June Jones. “He did a lot of good things in there today, but you just can’t turn the ball over.”

SMU gained momentum in the second half to score two touchdowns, but their rallying efforts were too late and their mistakes were too many.

“It was a well-fought game. The turnovers obviously were the difference,” Jones said. “We had three and one for seven points, and they had none.”

Nearly a minute and a half into the game, Army’s Josh McNary picked up a fumbled ball from a sacked Padron for a bowl record 55-yard run to the end zone.

“We needed that fast start,” said Army Head Coach Rich Ellerson. “We needed to take advantage of that moment in the game where we have a little bit of an advantage because of our uniqueness, and we did that.”

Not only did the Mustangs give the ball up, but two missed field goals by senior kicker Matt Szymanski also caused SMU to miss out on crucial points. Coach Jones spoke with Szymanski before he took the pivotal fourth quarter kick for the Mustangs, who were behind by two points.

“I took the timeout just to tell him to hit the ball, relax, don’t rush it,” said Jones. “It looked like he rushed it, which is easy to do when you’re a young kid, a lot on the line. But he had enough leg. Just unfortunate it didn’t go in.”

Strong wind and a hasty strike by the kicker sealed SMU’s fate with only four minutes left to go and an inevitable Army possession until the final blow of the whistle.

SMU wide receiver Aldrick Robinson attempts to run the ball in the Armed Forces Bowl. (PHOTO BY JULIUS PICKENPACK / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU’s performance included noteworthy moments that helped them in their close combat with Army.

Margus Hunt blocked Army’s extra point after their second touchdown score in the first quarter. A six minute, 92-yard drive by SMU in the third quarter for their first touchdown of the game set a bowl record.

Wide receiver Darius Johnson, the player with the most receiving yardage, was SMU’s bowl game MVP. He also made a leaping catch to score a second and final touchdown for his team.

“Throughout the season, we persevered. We took some losses early in the season,” Johnson said. “To get to this point has really been a blessing for me, and I know [it] has for my teammates.”

Although the Mustangs lost, they fought back in the second half to make it a close game until the end. Jones said that he is proud of how hard his athletes played and battled back in the second half.

“I think we’re learning how to compete together, play together, all those things that you do, good football teams do,” Jones said. “Now we’ve got to put them together and just keep winning.”

The win for West Point gives them their first winning season since 1996 and their first bowl win in 25 years.

VIDEO: Post Game Interview With MVP Darius Johnson

December 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Daily Mustang Staff

The SMU Daily Mustang’s Ali Williams talked to SMU wide receiver Darius Johnson, the SMU MVP of the game, after the Mustang’s loss against the Army 14-16. Hear what he had to say about his performance, the team momentum and the team’s relationship with June Jones after his controversial interview for a positon at Maryland.

VIDEO: Post Game Interview with Darius Johnson from on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Mustangs Go Black For Bowl

December 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By E’lyn Taylor and Aida Ahmed,

The Mustangs hit the field today with special jerseys for the Armed Forces Bowl as a tribute to the Armed Forces and U.S. Military Academy. The new SMU jersey is black with white lettering, contrasting greatly from the usual red and white jerseys worn in the regular season.

Fans had a lot to say about the Mustangs new look. Hear two SMU fans weigh in on what they think of the black jerseys and if they think they affected their performance in the bowl game.

Black Jerseys For The Bowl from on Vimeo.

LIVE BLOG RECAP: Army Defeats the Mustangs 16-14 in Armed Forces Bowl

December 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Kimmy Ryan

With a standing-room-only crowd in Ford Stadium for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, SMU and Army played a close, exciting game. In the end, Army pulled it out with a 16-14 win.

The ‘Stangs wore black to honor their opponent and the men and women overseas. Many Army fans and students filled the stands as well as Mustang fans and Dallasites. Eric Dickerson and Craig James, the SMU Pony Express twosome, also attended the game to cheer on the Ponies.

Turnovers plagued SMU the first half of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Army played a strong first half leading 16-0 heading into the locker room. Army forced three SMU turnovers. The first turnover came in the first few minutes of play and was returned for a touchdown by Army’s Anderson. SMU’s biggest highlight the first half was a blocked Army extra point by Margus Hunt.

Padron got some things rolling in the 3rd quarter. A nine-play drive was completed with a touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson. In the 4th quarter, the ‘Stangs made it a two point game when Padron completed a pass to Darius Johnson. SMU attempted a field-goal kick that would have put them ahead, but the strong winds prevented it. The Mustang’s run-and-shoot play controlled the ball the second half.

It was a big game for Army’s captain, Anderson, who was the team’s MVP and Army’s McNary, who returned the first Padron fumble for a touchdown and had some huge hits and sacks throughout the game. SMU’s Zach Line finished his great season with a good running game. And, SMU’s Johnson, Robinson and Holman had great games for the Mustangs as well.

Below is the play-by-play live blog.

SMU Announces Kickoff Times For 2010 Season

April 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Robby Gillespie

To accomodate the national broadcast networks, the SMU football team scheduled two home games for 7 p.m. starts and one game for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

With a total of six SMU football games to be televised nationally in the 2010, the Mustangs will continue to receive more national exposure following a bowl winning 2009 season.

SMU’s Sept. 11 home-opener against UAB and its Oct. 9 matchup with Tulsa both kick off at 7 p.m. The Mustangs’ regular season home finale against Marshall on Nov. 20 will start at 2 p.m.

As previously announced, SMU will kick its Sept. 18 game against Washington State and its Oct. 23 Homecoming contest against Houston at 2:30 p.m. CT. The Sept. 24 Battle For The Iron Skillet against rival TCU will kick at 7 p.m on ESPN.

To view the full 2010 schedule, click here.

Extra Point: SMU Football 2010 Schedule Breakdown

March 21, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Daily Mustang Staffers Robby Gillespie and Chris Dell break down the SMU football team’s 2010 schedule and offer their record predictions. The Mustangs have two nationally televised game in September against Texas Tech and TCU.

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Sports Blog: SMU Football Makes it to the ESPN Big Screen

March 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Kristin Kimball

When the madness is magnifying toward the end of March, it seems strange that football would be on the minds of sports fans.

The SMU population is football frenzied however, anxiously awaiting Sept. 5, when the eyes of the nation will be upon them.

ESPN has announced their NCAA broadcast coverage schedule, and the Mustangs season opener against Texas Tech is on the television lineup. As if one nationally televised game wasn’t enough, ESPN has also decided to air the DFW Duel: SMU vs. TCU on Sept. 24.

SMU has gained the attention of many due to their recent convincing victory over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

“I’m just excited for us to be able to show the world what we are made of. We need to come out and really perform,” sophomore football player Chris Banjo said.

For the full 2010 schedule, check here.

Kristin Kimball is a senior journalism major working for the SMU Athletics Department.

SMU Announces 2010 Football Schedule, Two Games To Be Nationally Televised

March 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

Two games on ESPN and a three-game home stand in September highlight the 2010 SMU football schedule released Tuesday.

The Mustangs open the season on the road at Texas Tech on Sunday, Sept. 5 on ESPN. SMU then travels back to Dallas to play three consecutive games at Ford Stadium against UAB, Washington State, and TCU. SMU looks to avenge an overtime loss last season to Washington State on Sept. 18, then hosts crosstown rival TCU the following week on Friday, Sept. 24. The Battle for the Iron Skillet will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT.

SMU travels south to take on the Rice Owls on Oct. 2 for the Mayors’ Cup. The Mustangs beat the then winless Owls 31-28 in 2009.

After a home game against Tulsa, the Mustangs head to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy for the Frank Gansz Trophy, the award created in memory of SMU’s late special teams coach. Navy edged SMU in 2009 at Ford Stadium in overtime.

A week later, defending conference champion Houston comes to Ford Stadium. The two teams were co-Conference USA West Division Champions last season, but Houston held the tie-breaker over SMU and went on to beat East Carolina in the conference championship game.

The final home game against Marshall on Nov. 20 follow two road games against Tulsa and UTEP. The regular season wraps up Nov. 27 at East Carolina.

The Mustangs finished last season with a 45-10 win over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the school’s first bowl win in 25 years.

Spring practice begins March 29. For the full 2010 schedule, click here.

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