Eric Dickerson: Some high school teams could beat SMU

Eric-DickersonEric Dickerson is not very proud of his alma mater at the moment. Dickerson, the NFL record holder for most rushing yards in a single season, has watched Southern Methodist University lose its first two games of the season by a combined score of 88-6. On Saturday, SMU will take on No. 7 Texas A&M in a game that will almost certainly get ugly in a hurry.

During an interview with Shan and RJ on KRLD-FM Tuesday, Dickerson criticized SMU’s recruiting tactics and said he believes there are high school teams that could beat the Mustangs.

“In some instances there, I didn’t think they did enough to help the students get in,” he said, as transcribed by EJ Holland of The Dallas Morning News. “Recruiting is right there in Dallas. I mean, you have to make the students and their parents feel like they’re welcome. I’m talking about black athletes to come play at the university.

“It’s nothing against those kids because those kids are give their all, but I guarantee you there are some high schools around the country that could beat them. There is no doubt. They don’t have the talent to compete with Baylor or Texas A&M. They would get killed.”

SMU is located in Dallas, and they have virtually no chance recruiting against programs like Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Alabama. Despite that, the Mustangs were pretty successful in 2011 with an 8-5 campaign that included wins over TCU, UCF and Pittsburgh. Dickerson believes the opportunity for SMU has come and gone.

“I think we had a shot, but it’s gone,” he said. “I really do believe it’s gone. It’s like Texas and Alabama, those are big schools you can’t compete with. At one point, they were going to join the Big East. If I’m the Big East, if I’m the Big 12 or the Pac-10, I would look at SMU and ask ‘what do you have to offer us?’ You have 3,000 people that come to your football games. You’re winning maybe five games a year. What’s the appeal for us to want to split $12 million? There is no attraction. Yes, you are in Dallas, Texas, but that’s all you have. You can’t even compete.”

If you hear someone booing louder than everyone else at SMU’s next home game, that just might be Dickerson.

SMU converts incredible two-point conversion against Rutgers (Video)

SMU-two-point-conversionVery few people expected Saturday’s game between Southern Methodist and Rutgers to be an exhilarating shootout, but that’s exactly what it turned out to be when SMU erased a 35-14 deficit to tie the game with just over a minute remaining. The Mustangs needed to convert a two-point conversion to force overtime, and they did so in incredible fashion.

SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert scrambled out of the pocket to keep the play alive and somehow threw a strike to wide receiver Jeremy Johnson on the complete opposite side of the field. The ball had to have traveled 40 yards in the air, and Johnson made an acrobatic play to tap his toe in the back of the end zone and secure the catch. If you had SMU in the “play of the weekend” pool this week, step forward and collect your winnings.

H/T Jimmy Traina

Nationally-recognized model Myles Crosby to play college football at SMU

Myles-CrosbyMyles Crosby, a high school defensive back from Texas, announced earlier this week that he will sign a letter of intent to play Division I college football at SMU. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound safety is a two-star recruit and is ranked nowhere near the top at his position, but there’s one particular bit of information that makes his story noteworthy — Crosby is a nationally-recognized male model.

According to the Dallas Morning News, crosby became one of the youngest stars in the modeling industry at age 17 when he posed for Calvin Klein ads that appeared in magazines like Esquire, GQ and Vanity Fair. Models.com lists him as the 11th-ranked model in the world, and the director of the men’s division at the Kim Dawson Agency says Crosby would be making a six-figure salary if he decided to model full time.

He’d rather play football and go to school.

“I’m told I’m so stupid by every single person,” Crosby said. “That every single person in my shoes should drop out of school now and go make the money. I have a passion for football and I want an education. This modeling crap could only last another year and then I’d have no education and never get to play football. I’d regret it for the rest of my life.”

Crosby racked up 108 tackles, 13 passes defensed and two forced fumbles during his senior season Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas. He’s well aware of the stereotypes that come along with being a male model, but they don’t seem to have any affect on his performance on the field.

“The stereotypical model is a lot softer than I am,” Crosby said with a laugh.

Crosby plans to major in film at SMU and is interested in directing after college. He says he would consider modeling again after college to make some extra money, but his focus is currently on getting a degree and playing college ball. As this famous NFL star could tell him, playing football and modeling is not out of the question.

H/T Prep Rally
Photo via Scout.com

Craig James Admits He Took ‘Insignificant’ Gifts from Boosters at SMU

Craig James, widely acknowledged as one of the most disliked broadcasters in sports, is well known for being one of the stars of SMU’s infamous team that received the death penalty (the death penalty came a few years after he graduated). James has begun a career in politics and he’s running for senator in Texas. As part of the race, he faced questions about his rule-breaking past at SMU.

Asked at a news conference whether he’d taken money or valuables from boosters, James said, “It was an insignificant amount that I had when I was at SMU. It was wrong. And I was 18, 19 years old.”

James declined to specify what gifts he accepted and how much money, nor from whom.

“It was insignificant. It was never,” he said, halting in mid-sentence. “I said in my book that if someone came up and shook my hand and there were a $20 bill in it, I didn’t have the maturity at that time to turn it away.”

James’ admissions are nothing new — in a book released in 2009, he admitted to taking some money, though he emphasized that he was not one of the reasons for the death penalty. He also specified that benefits did not entice him to join the school.

Even if this isn’t exactly breaking news, it’s comforting to know that James is being grilled somewhat. He’s at least getting grilled more in his political career than he was as a sports broadcaster where his behavior led to the firing of a prominent coach.

H/T Bryan D. Fischer

Irony: SMU Spends Millions on Facilities Upgrades the Week Miami is Busted

SMU has spent nearly $3 million on stadium improvements and facilities upgrades that are nearing completion, the school says. According to The Dallas Morning News, “the renovations include a new team meeting room with stadium-style seating as well as renovated positional meeting rooms. Changes to the locker room included the creation of a new team lounge, as well as new lockers, updated graphic and audio/visual equipment.”

The money for the project came from donations from program boosters. What I don’t understand is how people can’t question where the money is coming from and why it’s being used for those purposes. Are you really telling me that SMU needs its locker room to look like the Crazy Horse Too? That’s why people donate millions to the program? Money shouldn’t be used for those purposes.

SMU is the same program that got the death penalty in the 80s for their rampant violations. This doesn’t mean that rules are being broken, but my point is that the same people willing to pay $1 million for the program to have new audio/video equipment would probably be willing to pay recruits/players to make them happy. Honestly, how far away are we from people wanting stripper poles in their luxury box? In light of what happened with Miami, this sort of behavior is dangerous — especially at a school with SMU’s history.

Thanks to Lost Lettermen for the tip