Is Texas Southern the most lawless college sports program since Southern Methodist? (Not counting Penn State, which took the notion of “lack of institutional control” to a completely different moral level with its harboring of pedophile coach Jerry Sandusky.)
When it comes to old-fashioned college athletics cheating—overbearing boosters, academic corner-cutting, coaches who are in on it—the NCAA’s investigation against Texas Southern “could be of unprecedented scope, totaling 129 student-athletes in 13 sports,” wrote David Barron of the Houston Chronicle.
As Chris Duncan of the Associated Press reported:
The basketball team, currently coached by former Indiana coach Mike Davis, was banned from the 2012-13 postseason and the football team in both 2013 and 2014.
Other penalties include five years of probation, scholarship limitations in football and basketball, and the vacating of all team records from 2006-10 in all sports, as well as the 2010-11 records for football and women’s soccer. In 2010, Texas Southern won its first Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship since 1968.
Texas Southern football coach Johnnie Cole had already been fired by the school in April of 2011, while basketball coach Tony Harvey resigned at the end of the 2011-2012 season. And the school’s softball and men’s and women’s tennis teams had already been sanctioned in 2008