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SMU can’t seem to learn from past mistakes

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Southern Methodist Mustangs head basketball coach Larry Brown (center) celebrates with his team after a win.
Southern Methodist Mustangs head basketball coach Larry Brown (center) celebrates with his team after a win. Star-Telegram

In reaching to restore past glory, Southern Methodist University has once again lost its grip.

New penalties against the school’s men’s basketball and golf teams would be surprising anywhere, but they are particularly disappointing at a school where the entire football program was once suspended because of corruption.

SMU President Gerald Turner has argued that the golf coaches are gone and men’s basketball coach Larry Brown, a repeat offender, cooperated and will be sufficiently punished by a nine-game suspension and playoff ban.

But the university has tried to minimize the most recent violations by arguing that innocent athletes shouldn’t be penalized.

SMU should have shown more concern for those innocent athletes when university staffers were helping a coveted basketball recruit graduate from high school, or doing his online coursework in blatant violation of academic ethics.

Almost 30 years after SMU faced one of the harshest penalties in the history of sports in higher education, that memory seems to have faded from the Hilltop.

You’d think a university would learn.

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