The Law: Semi-Tough Justice

When the Big Eight collegiate athletic conference discovered that the high school transcripts of two football players at the University of Oklahoma had been altered two years ago, the case upended big-time college football. The Sooners—one of the nation's best teams—were required to forfeit eight of their 1972 victories and the conference championship. They were also hit with two seasons of N.C.A.A. "probation," which barred Oklahoma from bowl games. The two youngsters involved, Quarterback Kerry Jackson and Center Michael Phillips, were suspended from the team for a year, even though they were cleared...

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