The film looks back at the recruiting battle for Dickerson and how he became the focus of NCAA investigators after he showed up at Sealy High School driving a new Pontiac Trans-Am.
â€œAs soon as the car showed up, they showed up at my house,â€ Dickerson said of the NCAA investigators. â€œThey came to my house every day for one month straight.â€
Dickerson denied that illegal inducements were the reason he came to SMU.
â€œAnything I did receive from SMU, if any, it didn't come close to some things I was offered from other schools,â€ he said. â€œIt wasn't even in the same area code. I chose that school because basically my grandmother wanted me to go there.â€
The film looks at how the competitive Dallas media market placed the SMU program under a microscope. In a powerful piece of TV journalism, WFAA sports director Dale Hansen interviewed SMU linebacker David Stanley in which he revealed that he had received payments of $750 a month from recruiting coordinator Henry Lee Parker. That revelation led to the NCAA investigation that resulted in SMU receiving â€œthe death penaltyâ€ on Feb. 26, 1987, shutting down the program for one year.