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DIII football team forfeits national title over a broken-down old Subaru

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 10/10/2019 Dennis Young

a football player wearing a helmet © Michael Shroyer The NCAA has vacated Mary Hardin-Baylor’s 2016 football wins, including the DIII national championship game. This comes on the heels head coach Pete Fredenburg serving a three-game suspension for what the university said at the time were “major infractions.” Did UMHB run an elaborate academic scam? Route some two-bit benefits through Baptist boosters? Cover up an epic stretch of violent crimes by its players or staff? 

Those major infractions: “Head coach Pete Fredenburg loaned a player his 2006 Subaru for the 2016-17 seasons," reports the AP. Fredenburg self-reported the violations, and UMHB, a private school in central Texas, is appealing the NCAA Committee on Infractions ruling.

Texas college cheating has taken an epic fall since Eric Dickerson’s legendary “Trans A&M.” While lending a car to a player is a form of paying him, this was an old car. Fredenburg lent the car to another player, “but it broke down within an hour and was towed.”

Mary Hardin-Baylor has been to the last three DIII title games, winning in 2016 and last year and losing to Mount Union in 2017. They’ll keep the 2018 title but “lose” 29 games from 2016 and ’17. Without the power to loan out beat-up Suburus, though, the dynasty might be dead.

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