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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Playing Fields. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24720.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Playing Fields. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24720

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Title The Playing Fields
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Transcript For the university's athletic department, March 1986 began the ugliest, most painful year in its four decades of collegiate competiton. Only two years before, a Tennessee newspaper, in its annual survey of the nation's top 10 athletic programs, put UH in an elite group that included UCLA, Texas and Ohio State, among others. Times were good — at least on the surface, Guy Lewis had taken the basketball team to its second straight national championship game. Dave Williams had begun his quest for an unprecedented 15th golf national championship in 33 years. The year also marked the return of a Bill Yeoman team to the Cotton Bowl the following January. It was his fourth appearance in 10 years in the Southwest Conference. Having always been overshadowed by bigger schools with massive athletic budgets, UH's success was nothing short of phenomenal. Nearly all of its teams were competitive nationally — even with a pronounced lack of support from a city preoccupied by its pro teams and the states largest colleges—UT and Texas A & M. Phil Hansel and Tom Tellez (coach of former UH runner Carl Lewis) kept the swimming and track programs in national ratings. Coach of countless All-Americans and Olympians, Hansel quietly succeeded in the shadow of UT, the premier American program. The coaching stability was unequaled: Williams, Lewis, Yeoman and Hansel would have combined 100 years of experience at UH before the group was broken up. In two short years, all of what the Houston Cougars had built seemed on the verge of Cougar Sports A Year In Transition Tom Ford, shown here with future interim Athletic Director Michael T. Johnson, phoned in his resignation from a Pizza Hut. being lost, however. Many of the oldtimers who had forged an exciting program had left or were on their way out. Others feared that outsiders would inherit the department. It was inevitable. So were the bad times. In March 1986, five Texas newspapers, including The Daily Cougar, reported that football players had been induced to play at UH or took money while they were on the team from the mid-1970s to late 1984. The university's handling of the reports that 25-year football coach Bill Yeoman and his staff had participated in or knew of extensive payoffs to former players only intensified interest in the department's troubles. Infighting: Like most of its major college peers, UH stonewalled the public pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The nine-member Board of Regents, chaired by Debbie Hanna of Austin, made it clear throughout the investigation by a Houston law firm that it put little creedence into the allegations by two dozen former players. Late in the summer, Hanna remarked that she "simply didn't belive" that Yeoman participated in or knew of any improperties. Infighting between UH President Richard Van Horn's administration and that of the four-campus UH systems intensified. Origins of the political fighting seemed to be in the university's in-house investigation. A formal report was never prepared; only Van Horn knew the exact nature of what was called an oral report. After the initial reports in March, poor athletic graduation rates and an ever-increasing athletic department deficit also were reported. A three-month campus investigation into reports that football players had been readmitted to the university despite numerous suspensions, among other things, concluded in August. More than 25 changes in athletic department or university policy resulted from this study, conducted by UH system Vice Chancellor Hugh Walker. Throughout the spring and summer, a probe of the finan- 92