College notes: Figure in SMU football scandal dies

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Henry Lee Parker, who played a role in the SMU football scandal that resulted in the NCAA shutting down its football program for two seasons, has died. He was 88.

Richard Gillespie, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Florence, Ala., said Parker died June 2 and his funeral was held Friday.

Parker was the assistant athletic director at SMU. He lost his job in the wake of a pay-for-players scandal that wiped out SMU’s 1987 and 1988 football seasons.

Video from WFAA/Channel 8 that was included in the ESPN film Pony Excess shows sports anchor Dale Hansen asking Parker on camera in 1986 about money allegedly sent to an SMU recruit with Parker’s initials on the envelope.

Parker, who flew bomber missions during World War II, had stints as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh.


Mississippi State football: The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions largely accepted on Friday the school’s own sanctions for recruiting violations, which included two years of probation and scholarship reductions. A report concluded that a booster provided a car and cash to a recruit, identified in media reports as defensive back Will Redmond, and that former assistant coach Angelo Mirando, who resigned in August, was aware of the booster’s actions.

•  Alamo Bowl: The Alamo Bowl will get the first pick from the Big 12 and Pac-12 outside the College Football Player under a new six-year deal with the Pac-12 announced Friday.

• North Carolina men’s basketball: Officers seized a 9mm handgun and ammunition when UNC’s leading scorer, P.J. Hairston, was arrested on a marijuana possession charge Wednesday, according to a police report released Friday.

• Miami (Ohio) men’s basketball: Former coach Charlie Coles, the school’s all-time leader in victories who retired in March 2012, died Friday , the school said. He was 71. Coles had a history of heart issues.

• Auburn football: Dakota Mosley, who will serve three years in prison, is the fourth former player to plead guilty to charges stemming from a robbery two months after Auburn won the 2010 national title.

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