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And has he been told to stay away from the program?
"I've told myself to stay away."
How many alums were involved?
"It would take a good-sized bus to haul them off."
And the players accepted it?
"Accepted? They were pretty good negotiators. Don't mistake that."
Wacker did not recruit any of the suspended athletes. He recalled that he had hoped to retain an assistant coach or two when he replaced F.A. Dry after the 1982 season. Wacker said he interviewed one assistant, who told him, "I have inside knowledge of how to wheel and deal. We've gotten some great players in the last couple of years. I know the people with the money and all that sort of thing." Wacker said he told the assistant, "Coach, you sure aren't going to be a part of this program."
"Wacker did not know any of this [payments to athletes] was going on," Lowe said. "He was totally in the dark." Lowe added that improper payments of which he was aware were not made before 1980 nor after 1982. "It was just a typical deal like those going on everywhere—or almost everywhere.... But you should know that with something like this, the coaches generated it." He said he planned to detail how payments were structured after he talks with the NCAA, possibly this week. "I just think it's time some school got up and said, 'O.K., here's how it's done.' "
On Monday, Morris Bailey, a retired Amarillo, Texas businessman and a member of the TCU Lettermen's Hall of Fame, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dry once approached him and asked him to set up a slush fund for athletes that would add up to $90,000 a year. Bailey said he declined the offer. He said he was speaking out now because Dry had denied involvement in the TCU affair. "F.A. made his bed. He should sleep in it," Bailey told SI.