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Corruption? Why yes, we have some experience in dealing with that….

President Bush (squinty-eyed guy, pre-verbal…that guy) is looking for someone to store his presidential papers which should include all those placemats he colored while Condi and Dick hammered out who they were going to invade at NSA meetings. Since Jeff Gannon’s alma mater, the Leadership Institute, operates out of a strip center next to a Fantastic Sams and a dry cleaners, well, they just don’t have the room unless they rent one of the storage containers out back, so it looks like a couple of colleges in Texas have stepped up:

Insiders say President Bush will be asking Texas colleges this summer for proposals to build his presidential library and museum. Two schools are expected to compete: Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Waco’s Baylor University. It’ll be a big task: Bush’s collection of documents could be the largest ever.

Hell. The Halliburton contracts alone would fill the Library of Babel. Then there are all of those copies of Sporting News with assorted marginalia (“Tom Brady… he throws ball good”) that the scholars are going to want to pour over. But why Baylor and SMU? Simple.

Baylor:

One by one, the guilty and innocent walked out of a ninth-floor hotel ballroom, grim looks on most of their faces. Apparently, the first 3 1/2 hours had not been easy.

Baylor’s two-day meeting before the NCAA Committee on Infractions began Friday morning behind closed doors, 20 months after the school discovered major NCAA violations in its men’s basketball program.

Baylor has to answer for 17 to 20 allegations of major and secondary infractions. Its internal findings showed at least 11 major infractions.

The most serious ones were secret tuition payments for two former Baylor players believed to be on scholarship and the covering up of failed drug tests. In his two-day testimony, former Baylor coach Dave Bliss is expected to bear blame for “most of those allegations that are directed at him,” said his attorney, Mike McCue.

Bliss resigned his position in August 2003, two months after the disappearance of Baylor player Patrick Dennehy. Nine weeks later, Dennehy was found murdered. Former teammate Carlton Dotson is accused of shooting him and is scheduled to stand trial this summer. Initial NCAA violations were revealed by Dennehy’s surviving friends and family members.

After opening statements Friday morning, the NCAA committee began hearing each allegation separately before discussing them. There is no time limit for discussion of any allegation.

“Slow,” Bliss said to describe the first session as he returned from lunch with McCue. “There’s a lot to cover.”

Bliss has much to answer for. He was secretly recorded by former assistant coach Abar Rouse trying to devise a plan to portray Dennehy to Baylor’s investigative committee as a drug dealer. Bliss, who didn’t comment further Friday, wanted Baylor to think Dennehy paid his tuition with drug money.

SMU:

Many schools have been caught violating recruiting rules and are paying the price, and the schools that have yet to be caught will pay the price in the future. Zillgitt expresses, “College football needs a moral and ethical enema.” There needs to be someone who steps up and makes changes in the recruiting process in college football. Stories of high school football stars having wild recruiting trips on college Text Box: campuses have been around forever. College football fans and coaches need to look no further than the 1980’s. Matt Middleton, writer for Sports Illustrated, states in his piece “Life after death penalty difficult for SMU”, “The once-proud football program at Southern Methodist is still trying to rebuild itself from the stiffest penalty in NCAA history, which entirely did away with its football program for a full two years”. Southern Methodist University football was on the rise in the 1980’s. SMU received its first ranking, #20, in 1980, and the next year won their first conference title in 16 years, with a record of 10-1. Football was only getting better for the Mustangs with an 11-0-1 finish in 1982 and a final ranking of #2 (smumustangs.com). The dream and excitement of Mustang football would soon end. SMU was given the “death penalty” by the NCAA, the only school to receive such an outcome after recruiting violations. The reason SMU was investigated was because football players at the university had been receiving enormous payments from boosters that would end up totaling more than $600,000. Twenty-one players allegedly received approximately $61,000 in cash payments, with the assistance of athletics department staff members, from funds provided by a booster. Payments ranged from $50 to $725 per month (espn.com/ncf).

Drug use, perjury, smearing dead people to cover up corruption, illegal payments…

The GW Bush Library & Minimum Security Esplanade should fit right in at either school.

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