EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06: Cameron Nwosu #52 of the SMU Mustangs celebrates with teammates Hayden Greenbrauer #22 and Ryheem Malone #13 following their win against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

tBBC Radio Hour: Death Penalty and Ohio State Wrestling

March is officially here and though college basketball has taken center stage, The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour has put it focus on a couple of other great topics this week.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

On this week’s show, we talk with David Blewett, who wrote The Pony Trap: Escaping the 1987 SMU Football Death Penalty.

Blewett, who was recruited by and played defensive end for SMU during the NCAA’s investigation and eventual Death Penalty ruling, brings us a unique account of one the most controversial decisions in collegiate sports history.

After spending nearly 25 years away from the program, Blewett’s life changed shortly after the 30 for 30 documentary Pony Excess.ponytrap

And when his daughter asked him if he did anything wrong by being a part of the SMU Program.

In our Interview, David talks about the process of answering that question and what he learned about the NCAA’s handling of the situation.

We also talk about the NCAA’s current handling of violations across college football and how Blewett believes that the NCAA is in serious trouble.

We touch on so many other subjects as well that pertain to his book and his experience with SMU, the Death Penalty, the NCAA, and his attempt to return to college football at age 45.

I highly recommend that you pick up The Pony Trap. Unlike Pony Excess, Dave Blewett brings you a perspective from the players point of view and a true look at what it can feel like being a nobody in an Association that banks on athletes to make a profit.

Also this week, our friend Dan Vest at Land Grant Holy Land stops by to preview the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which will take place in Columbus this weekend at St. John Arena.

Vest breaks down the growth of the Buckeye program through head coach Tom Ryan. We also talk about the legacy that Logan Steiber will leave behind, Kyle Snyder’s chance at a national title, and what Ohio State needs to do on Saturday and Sunday to bring home a conference title.

As always, thanks for listening to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour. You can find us on iTunes, where we are always excited to hear your comments and feedback on the show. Feel free to rate and subscribe the show.

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Go Buckeyes!


COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 29:  JaeSean Tate #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Maryland Terrapins on January 29, 2015 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Head coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Dayton Flyers at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview

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INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 14:  A detail of an empty basketball court as the Purdue Boilermakers play against the Illinois Fighting Illini during their semifinal game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 14, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 29:  DAngelo Russell #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against the Maryland Terrapins on January 29, 2015 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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BHN: Welcome to March Ohio State Basketball

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 13:  Amir Williams #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes grabs a rebound in the game against the  Purdue Boilermakes during the first round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 13, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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