The Southwest Conference: The Good, the Dirty, the Greed
By Auston Fertak
When people reminisce about college athletics, only a few select conferences cause them to think, “What a powerhouse!” The Southwest Conference (SWC) was one such conference. For much of its eighty-two year history, the SWC gloried in its distinction as the most tightly-knit league among major college athletic programs. Though not the only conference engaging in recruitment violations, the SWC ranked as one of the worst. Constant sanctions levied on the member universities by the National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA) led, in part, to the break-up of the SWC.
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Bentley discusses the rules that allow the NCAA to place sanctions on its member universities.
Bentley talks about the changes that occur in branding when a university moves to a new conference and how the move to Big East (now American Athletic Conference) will help market the University of Houston.
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