'82 Heisman race no Walker in the park

In winning trophy, Georgia back fortunate SMU tandem Dickerson, James split carries

Updated: November 1, 2011, 9:49 PM ET
By Jeff Miller | Special to ESPNDallas.com

Georgia's Herschel Walker didn't mention Cindy Arps in his 1982 Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. Maybe he should have.

In February 1979, star running back Craig James of Stratford High in Houston signed with Southern Methodist despite being coveted by college football programs with more impressive pedigrees. The Mustangs had not won a conference championship since 1948, hadn't even reached a bowl since 1968.

But James' girlfriend, Marilyn Arps, enrolled at SMU the previous year. "That's ...

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