•An SMU booster came to Hawkins (Texas) High School to see Simmons. The alum held out a one-page handwritten contract for Simmons to sign. It promised $1,000 for clothes and various bonus incentives, including $500 if Simmons made the All-Conference team. Simmons was told he could have a used car as a freshman and would be given a new car his sophomore year. Asked his preference in automobiles, Simmons said he would like a Z-28 Camaro. He asked to take the contract with him so he could study it, but the alum wouldn't allow it, saying he had only one copy. Simmons went to Texas because, he told friends, he simply didn't like the idea of being bought.
•Lott's uncle, Jonathan Isaiah, was given a position as a caretaker at the Corpus Christi home of another SMU booster, Jack Ryan, who is now persona non grata as a result of the NCAA's most recent crackdown.
The caretaking job is a clear NCAA rule violation. Ryan, however, claims the job had nothing to do with Lott's recruitment. Lott was left alone with a booster, who asked for his preference in cars. Lott said he liked Datsun 280Zs. Lott maintains the booster said, "You can have any car you want, but not a brand new one because that would cause an investigation." Lott chose Texas because he thought SMU was headed for probation.
All of which has caused some consternation in the Methodist Church, which has strong ties to SMU. Spurgeon Dunnam III, editor of The United Methodist Reporter, said last week, "The situation is clearly out of hand and is inappropriate at SMU." His publication editorialized: "Are those responsible for governing SMU less concerned than the NCAA with honesty and fair play?"
"We have been an embarrassment to the Southwest Conference," Hitch, SMU's beleaguered A.D., said last week. "I am ashamed." He isn't the only one in the conference who should feel that way.