Scandals in College Sports

Text: Ben Glicksman
Photo: John Iacono/SI

Southwestern Louisiana's Illegal Scheme

Southwestern Louisiana could seemingly do no right following the 1972-73 NCAA season. An investigation discovered the Ragin' Cajuns guilty of multiple recruiting and financial aid violations, with outsiders supplying scholarship money for several of the team's players. That wasn't the worst of it. The program also allowed players below the minimum 1.6 GPA to compete on five separate occasions, drawing the dreaded "Death Penalty," or a ban on all competition, for two subsequent seasons.

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