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March 20, 1987

A Southern Methodist University alumnus has filed a $35 million suit against the NCAA, alleging the association has violated civil rights of the scandal-plagued school's present and former students.

The class-action federal lawsuit, filed by a Galveston, Tex., attorney, also claims the NCAA has violated provisions of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

"The lawsuit puts forward actions that NCAA activities against SMU have caused great damage to the university and those who associate with it," said McCormack, who gradated from SMU law school in 1976.

The NCAA, citing a booster slush fund that paid a total of $61,000 to 13 players, has stripped SMU of its 1987 football season and limited it to seven road games in 1988. The NCAA also allowed current Mustang players to transfer to other schools without losing any eligibility.

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