By Sam Farmer

The college of Washington entered the 1992 season poised to make a run as repeat nationwide champions. Then controversy broke. big name quaterback Billy Joe Hobert admitted to accepting a 50,000 buck personal loan from a booster and extra allegations undefined. This publication explores those allegations and the probing of the Huskies' application by means of the NCAA, the PAC-10, the Seattle Police, and the key provider.

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Both were a little punchy after a sleepless night. So many well-wishers. The Jameses had gotten a call in the middle of the night, informing them the Associated Press vote went to Miami. That wasn't a shock. The Hurricanes blanked Nebraska, 22-0, in the Orange Bowl, a showing that allowed Miami to maintain its narrow advantage in the AP poll. There were a few defectors for Washington: Gary Long, a Miami Herald writer and AP voter, made a change during the final week and cast his No. 1 vote for the Huskies.

Six months later, in the most important game of his life, Bailey caught six passes for a game-high 126 yards and a touchdown, showcasing his talents to a sold-out stadium and a television audience of millions. The most memorable move he made wasn't a juke but a jab. With 13 minutes to play, after making a diving catch of a 35-yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell that put the Huskies up, 34-7, Bailey popped to his feet in the end zone and struck the Heisman Trophy pose, something Howard had done against Ohio State while campaigning for the trophy.

That might not be unusual for some coaches, but it was for James. First, he could hardly be classified as long-winded, and second, he was meticulous about time. '" Things started well for the state of Michigan on January 1. The General Motors entry was named the best float in the Rose Parade. Meanwhile, the Honda Motors float failed to start and had to be towed along the parade route. The flint-gray clouds that blotted out the sun since Christmas gave way to streaks of sunshine. A monsoon-type storm that drenched the Southland for much of the week was over.

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