SMU would like to remind you about what SMU football was like in the 1980s. Lots of things happened to SMU football in the 1980s. Some of them, like bowl games, were good. Others weren't so good. Let's not think about those things. We've got a Sun Bowl to celebrate.
From a school release, titled "The '80s are back," because thanks for the warning:
"The fans have spoken," said SMU Director of Athletics Rick Hart. "They have been asking for blue jerseys since the day I was hired and we felt this game - our first American Athletic Conference game occurring during Lettermen's Weekend - would provide the perfect opportunity to break out these tradition-rich jerseys as a way to honor the 1983 team."
To create an even greater `80s vibe, SMU will be offering special blue cups at the concession stands that mimic the throwback jerseys, will play `80s music during breaks and will create an `80s-specific graphics package for the videoboard.
Bottom line: the '80s were really, really, really, really, really memorable times at SMU. ESPN even made a fun movie about it:
This game's gonna put the "party" in "death penalty," whether those letters fit or not.
And, yeah, honoring the players from the '83 team who didn't get the program bombed into pieces (especially since the real real trouble started a couple years later)? Great. Honoring the most iconic period in program history? Go for it! Overlooking players getting money for playing? Ahead of the times. Just surprised, shall we say, that SMU's doing this.