http://articles.chicagotribune.com/...-florida-supreme-court-rules-florida-releases National signing day is coming soon, then it's gone be dryer than Hillary Clinton for months. Let's relive some Flawduh history. August 25, 1985 Chicago Tribune December--Charley Pell is hired from Clemson to replace Doug Dickey as Florida`s football coach. 1979 December--Pell`s first season at Florida ends 0-10-1. 1982 October--After hearing reports that 13 of 70 alleged NCAA violations at Clemson occurred in his two years there, Pell asks Florida faculty to investigate his program. November--Pell receives two-year contract extension (through 1986 season) and 10 percent raise (to $65,855). He signs the extension the following June. Dec. 6--NCAA notifies Florida that its football program is under preliminary inquiry. 1983 February--The St. Petersburg Times, in the first report of a lengthy investigation of athletic improprieties at Florida, reveals that ``hundreds of thousands`` of dollars in players` complimentary tickets were scalped to Florida boosters. The paper will later concentrate on the poor academic record of Florida football players. June--NCAA levies sanctions on Clemson`s football program--the defending national champions--stripping 10 scholarships a year for 2 years and banning bowl or TV appearances for the same period. December--Gator Bowl win gives Florida 9-2-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking, the first time Gators have finished in Top 10. 1984 Feb. 11--Pell hires Oklahoma assistant coach Galen Hall as his offensive coordinator. Aug. 26--Pell submits his letter of resignation, saying ``the drive to win under the circumstances of a few years ago led me to make some mistakes.`` Aug. 27--Incoming university president Marshall Criser and outgoing president Robert Marston accept the resignation and grant Pell`s request to finish the season ``to mitigate the damage to the student/athletes in the program.`` When asked why he didn`t fire Pell immediately, Criser cites right of due process, because results of NCAA probe are not complete. Sept. 1--Criser is sworn in as Florida`s eighth president. Sept. 4--The university files suit to block release of documents related to the investigation under the Florida Public Records Law. Sept. 6--Florida Supreme Court rules the documents must be released. Florida releases 1,700 pages, including in-house interviews at which notes were taken. Sept. 11--NCAA delivers its official letter of inquiry, citing 107 violations involving cash inducements, scalping complimentary tickets, a slush fund, illegal room and board and spying on opponents. Criser writes apologies to presidents of seven schools spied upon and offers forfeits of the six that were victories. Sept. 16--Criser fires Pell. Hall takes over as interim coach of a team with a 1-1-1 record. Sept. 18--By working ``virtually day and night,`` Florida delivers its 356-page response to the NCAA violations. The university informs assistant coaches Dwight Adams and Joe Kines their contracts will be terminated at season`s end. Oct. 23--NCAA bans Florida from bowls and TV for two years, reduces scholarships for incoming players by 10 a year for two years, and in an unprecedented move, reduces total number of players on scholarship to 85 for 1985 and 75 for 1986. November--Florida appeals the NCAA sanctions. Nov. 17--On the morning of the Kentucky game, Hall is named coach and given a four-year contract. Florida beats Kentucky to win its first Southeastern Conference title in 53 years. Nov. 20--The SEC denies Florida the 1985 Sugar Bowl berth that goes to the conference champion. Dec. 1--A win over Florida State gives the Gators a 9-1-1 record (8-0 under Hall). Kines and Adams are fired. 1985 January--Final football polls give Florida two firsts (New York Times computer poll and Sporting News rankings) and a third (AP). Jan. 13--The NCAA denies Florida`s appeal. Apr. 3--SEC executive committee, by a 5-1 vote, declares Florida to be conference champion. May 30--The presidents of SEC`s football-playing schools, by a 6-4 vote, reverse executive committee and strip title from Florida. June 3--Criser says ``we shall continue to proclaim the 1984 team as SEC champs.`` June--Several boosters give Pell surprise dinner party in Gainesville and present him with a $24,000 Lincoln Town Car.