Paden Kelley was a 6”7” 295 pound offensive tackle for the Texas Longhorns from 2009 until he quit the team in 2012 saying “After talking with my family and the UT staff, I have made the decision to take a step back from football in order to focus on family and other priorities in my life outside athletics”. He was Academic all Big 12.

On March 18th, 2019 Paden passed away with testicular cancer There will be a memorial service for him on April 20th , 2019 .

More information to follow.

Link below shows more photos of Paden. 

KELLEY, Paden Castles Paden Castles Kelley, 28, a resident of Crested Butte, CO and a native of Austin, TX was born on August 7, 1990 and died on March 18, 2019. After graduating from Lake Travis High School in 2009, Paden played football for the University of Texas, completing his degree in 2016. After battling addiction in his early adult life, Paden became an active member in his widespread sober community. Diagnosed with cancer in December 2018, Paden successfully completed chemotherapy treatment just days before his tragic passing. His family and friends hope to create a kid's ski school scholarship in his honor. He is survived by his parents, Mary Beth and Scott Kelley; his sister, Kathryn Kelley; his wider Barber and Kelley families; and his created family of close friends. His life will be celebrated at Garden Grove in Buda, TX on April 20th at 2:00pm.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 31, 2019

April 4, 2019

Today I heard about Paden and I just couldn't believe it. I am so sad for Mary Beth and Scott.
Scott Winters

Scott Winters, Austin, TX


April 1, 2019

My deepest sympathies for the loss of Paden. Kathryn McGlothlin


Almost one year ago  In May of 2018 I reached out to Ashley Kamrath with the following question.

Are you related to Karl and Bob Kamrath?

Ashley Kamrath responded -" Yessir"

Ashley's family is part of Longhorn sports history

Ashley is a TV and radio personality who In November, 2013, won an Emmy Award for hosting the "Remembrance Rescue Project" documentary featuring Chicago Firefighters touring the country educating children on the significance of 9/11. In 2016, she won an Emmy Award for a documentary she produced entitled "Blood & Steel", while embedded with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at the National Training Center in California.

Ashley's family roots include Longhorn Hall of Honor Tennis player Bob Kamrath from the late 1930's,

and Karl Kamrath is a National double Champions for the Longhorns .

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Dr. D.A. Penick

In addition, before Eugenie Sampson Kamrath Gonzalez married Karl Kamrath famed University of Texas tennis coach, Dr. D. A. Penick in 1931 dared to allow a woman to play tennis on the UT men’s Varsity tennis courts. She was the first woman player to be so honored. In 1932, 1933, and 1934, she was a finalist at the fledgling Houston Invitation Tennis Tournament which became the River Oaks Invitational Tennis Tournament—now the USTA Clay Court Championships. Upon moving permanently to Houston in 1937, she was the first teaching tennis professional at both Houston Country Club and River Oaks Country Club, starting active junior programs at each.

 Many of you may not know that the great golfer Ben Crenshaw has a brother that is part of Longhorn sports history .

Charlie Crenshaw V is the brother of the great golfer Ben Crenshaw. Charlie played CF and RF for the Longhorn baseball team from ’70-‘73. During a game with Baylor their fans starting screaming at Charlie “Hey!!! How come you’re not caddying for your brother Ben?!?!?!” Charlie responded by hitting a home run and “saluting” the Bear fans with a profound universal gesture as he ran the bases.


 Author and former Longhorn football player R.E. Peppy Blount book titled Mamas, don’t let your babies grow to play Football tells the story of the friendship of Don Menasco and Bud McFaddin. Two Longhorn linebackers who had a special friendship with nothing in common except All American status. Bud had a loving family, football scholarship, and was assured of greatness. Don had no family, no football scholarship, and no signs of greatness. Bud was , quiet, polite, and large. Don was loud, irreverent, and small. Bud got all the media attention. Menasco got none but Blount says that “pound for pound Menasco was one of the hardest hitters to every play the game. More about their story is on the site.

Donald Dean Menasco (October 18, 1929 – May 11, 1998) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Texas and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1952 NFL Draft.




“Over the past 150 years, the desire to win at virtually any cost, combined with the increases in public interest in intercollegiate athletics, in a consumer sense, have led inexorably to a highly commercialized world of intercollegiate athletics. These factors have created new incentives for universities and conferences to find new ways to obtain an advantage over their competitors. This desire to gain an unfair competitive advantage has necessarily led to an expansion in rules and regulations.”


“Proliferation of rules and the development of increasingly sophisticated regulatory systems” are “ necessary to enforce those rules.” “Enforcement decisions, both economically and in terms of an institution's reputation ….., places great strain on the capacity of the NCAA to govern intercollegiate athletics. This strain is unlikely to dissipate in the future because the pressures that have created the strain do not appear to be susceptible, in a practical sense, to amelioration. Indeed, the one certainty in the future of the NCAA is the likelihood that big-time intercollegiate athletics will be engaged in the same point-counterpoint that has characterized its history; increased commercialization and public pressure leading to more sophisticated rules and regulatory systems”. As rules and regulatory systems continue… “ there will be increasing demands for fairness”. If the NCAA and those who lead at the institutional and conference levels are unable to maintain academic values in the face of economics and related pressures, the government may be less than a proverbial step away."


In the beginning of college sports the athlete chose the University. In later years as the value of athletes rose in the esteemed eyes of the Universities, alumni emerged as recruiters.  Alumni offered “inducements” for the athlete to attend their university. The incentive was not illegal. Even with inducements,  the symbolic engagement ring was easy to return to the University if the student athlete changed his mind. 

In 1914 after the SWC was established there was a feeble attempt to stem the tendency of bribery.  The SWC first rule stated that no one who had a degree could participate in college sports.  The second rule required the athlete to attend the University for one year before becoming eligible to play football better known as the “Freshman rule”.


1905 article found in the “Cactus “ reflects one Longhorn sports writers perception of corruption in football and his antidote to solve the problem. Please form your own opinion of the authors resolution.

1909- "Cactus" states " the college (Texas) had stood square for clean athletics. On the roster...., there are no stars from the East and South. There are no hired mercenaries.... Though defeat has been her (Texas) portion, no disgraceful professionalism stains the fair name of Texas. Squarely she  (Texas) has stood for all that is honest and manly--all that she seeks to teach the youth of the South.  Proudly she (Texas) may look forward to a victorious future. "

1925 - The SWC passed the “tramp athlete” rule which stated athletes who transferred from one University to another did not qualify to play the same sport in another school.

1929 -The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education issued a significant report that warned that “Commercialism in college athletics must be diminished and college sport must rise to a point where it is esteemed primarily and sincerely for the opportunities it affords to mature youths”. That is to say education first and sports second.

Up until 1930 “the sources of financial aid for the student athlete came from the alumni . More times than not the coaches and Universities administration did little recruiting.

1931- The SWC rules committee authorized some aid to the student athletes including providing jobs for the athletes to pay tuition, fees, room, board , and books.

1932- The coaches started to take over the responsibility of recruiting.

1935- The SWC adopted the Junior College transfer rule that allowed athletes to gain immediate eligibility at the chosen school.

“After World War II, with the dramatic increase in access to higher education on the part of all segments of society, largely through government support for returning military personnel to attend college, public interest expanded even more dramatically than it had in the past. Increased interest, not surprisingly, led to even greater commercialization of intercollegiate athletics. With the advent of television, the presence of radios in the vast majority of homes in the United States, and the broadcasting of major sporting events, these pressures further intensified. More colleges and universities started athletic programs, while others expanded existing programs, in an effort to respond to increasing interest in intercollegiate athletics. These factors, coupled with a series of gambling scandals and recruiting excesses, caused the NCAA to promulgate additional rules, resulting in an expansion of its governance authority.”

1945- the NCAA pushes for more control over financial aid and recruiting. Many of the Longhorn athletes returning to campus after the WWII were focused on football more than academics Author R.E. Blount who played for the Horns from 1946-1948 said most were majoring in P.E. or Arts and Science and were taking a psychology classes to fulfill degree requirements.

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1947- active Longhorn football scholarship player R.E. Blount is elected to the House of Representatives. The SWC received some complaints about him and chose to review Blount’s eligibility status. In 1946 Blount a starter for the Longhorns was a “principal” speaker on the high school speaking circuit. The SWC rule books says that only coaches could be a principal speaker in these type of events , so Bible makes Blount a member of the coaching staff even though Blount was also a scholarship player.

The next year the Texas Attorney General was asked for an opinion on Blount status as a dual state employee receiving a salary as a member of the Texas House and a scholarship athlete attending UT. The opinion stated receiving income from the House of Representatives and financial support as a scholarship athlete was illegal, and Blount officially lost his scholarship, BUT Coach Bible allowed Peppy Blount to continue to live in the athletic dorm and maintained his dining room privileges at no charge. The G.I. bill paid for Blounts tuition and books. The case was settled and Blount finished his college career with no scholarship but most of the benefits.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, the NCAA's enforcement capacity increased annually.”

1950-The first television sporting event in the 1950s was a college football game, and the NCAA maintained control of all televising rights for college football games.

1951 the NCAA  agreed to allow universities to pay for an athletes education in the form  of a scholarship which included paying tuition, fees, board, room, books ,and laundry. “ Thus, in 1951, the NCAA began to exercise more earnestly the authority which it had been given by its members". Two other factors are worth noting in the 1950s: (1) Walter Byers is hired as Executive Director of the NCAA, and he successfully strengthened the (1) NCAA and its enforcement division over televising intercollegiate football; and (2) negotiated the NCAA’s first contract valued in excess of one million dollars, opening the door to increasingly lucrative television contracts in the future. The NCAA was entering a new era, in which its enforcement authority had been increased….. “Revenues from television were beginning to provide the NCAA with the wherewithal to strengthen its capacity in enforcing the rules that were being promulgated. T

1952  The legal “Letter of intent” between the athlete and a University  dealt a  legal death nail for athletes who changed their mind before attending their first class at the chosen university.  The athlete who changed his mind suffered harsh consequences including loss of eligibility for two years and no scholarship for the other two years. 

In 1953 the date for signing recruits was changed to February 15th. Author Kern Tips says in his book the reason for the change was to “relieve the recruiting pressures on the innocent who were being bombard by those skilled salesmen (recruiters) ” hawking “a sheepskin-via pigskin”.

In the early 1970s the members of the NCAA decided to create divisions, whereby schools would be placed in divisions that would better reflect their competitive capacity.

1973- As the NCAA’s “ enforcement capacity grew yearly in response to new excesses arising from increased interest and commercialization, the NCAA was beginning to be criticized for alleged unfairness in the exercise of its enhanced enforcement authority………. As a result in 1973, the NCAA adopted recommendations…. “dividing the prosecutorial and investigative roles of the Committee on Infractions."

1978- the United States House of Representatives “held hearings to investigate the alleged unfairness of the NCAA's enforcement processes. Once again, the NCAA responded by adopting changes in its rules designed to address many of the criticisms made during the course of the hearings. While concerns were somewhat abated, the NCAA's enforcement processes continued to be the source of substantial criticism through the 1970s and 1980s”.

In the 1980’s “University presidents increasingly found themselves caught between the pressures applied by influential members of boards of trustees and alumni, who often demanded winning athletic programs, and faculty and educators, who feared the rising commercialization of athletics and its impact on academic values. Many presidents were determined to take an active, collective role in the governance of the NCAA, so they formed the influential Presidents Commission in response to these pressures”.

1984- “The University President’s Commission began to assert its authority and called a special convention to be held in June of 1985. This quick assertion of power by the President’s of the universities led one sports writer to conclude that ‘There is no doubt who is running college sports. It's the college presidents."' “Over time, however, the presidents were gaining a better understanding of the workings of the NCAA, and they were beginning to take far more interest in the actual governance of intercollegiate athletics.

1991- Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Warren E. Burger, issued a report suggesting new procedures for the investigation process for infractions. The purpose of the review was to “make sure that the process is handled in the most effective way, that fair procedures are guaranteed, that penalties are appropriate and consistent”.

1994 - The University president’s involvement with the NCAA had grown to the extent that they had changed the very governance structure of the NCAA, with the addition of an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors for the various divisions, both of which are made up of presidents or chief executive officers.


“ As the role of television and the revenue it brings to intercollegiate athletics had grown in magnitude, the desire for an increasing share of those dollars had become intense. In time, however, a group of powerful intercollegiate football programs were determined to challenge the NCAA's handling of the televising of games involving their schools. In NCAA v. Board of Regents, the United States Supreme Court held that the NCAA had violated antitrust laws. This provided an opening for those schools, and the bowls that would ultimately court them, to directly reap the revenues from the televising of their football games. This shift has effectively created a new division in football called the College Football Association, which is made up of the football powerhouses in Division 1. Because these schools have been able to funnel more television revenues in their direction, which has led to increases in other forms of revenue, they have gained access to resources that have unbalanced the playing field in football and other sports. “

Recruiting student athletes slowly morphs into a research laden process requiring full dossiers on each potential student athlete, but recruiting mistakes are still made.

Abe Lemmon once said “doctors bury their mistakes, but mine (recruiting) are still on scholarship”. Coach Lemon concedes that “it’s the worst part of coaching”. The annual search for high school talent is one of the most pressure filled parts of college sports. Recruiters can’t read the players mindset so they make decisions based on the high school athletes past performance including agility, performance, and quickness.

It is the intangibles where most recruiting mistakes are made.

  • Many great athletes just lose interest in the sport. It can be caused by homesickness, a girlfriend at home, or just sports burn-out. In 1978 Booger Brooks from Andrews was a great running quarterback who Coach Freddie Akers needed for his offense. Brooks signed with Texas, but he packed up his car and went home before he ever took a snap in a game. His heart was not in football. He loved the rodeo and wanted to be a welder. Akers tried unsuccessfully to talk Brooks out of leaving UT, but he left the game with the comment “People were just a lot more serious about football than I was. To me it was always just a game”.

  • Others leave the program because of timing issues. Mike Presley was a great athlete who could have started for many other football programs, but Mike had to compete against Marty Akins. Mike never got the starting job so he left the Longhorn program his senior year. While Priest Holmes did graduate from Texas he was in the same position as Mike Presley. After suffering an injury, Priest was Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams back-up.

  • However, the primary intangible that recruiters cannot judge is a players ability to adjust from home life to college life. Many athletes are unable to adjust to all the freedoms and responsibilities of college. Immaturity, poor role models, bad study habits, lack of discipline, little foresight, inspirational and motivational deficiencies, and alcohol abuse result in a loss of a free education.


Author and former Longhorn football player from the 1940’s R.E. Peppy Blount book titled Mamas, don’t let your babies grow to play Football Blount question is still relevant in 2019, “ How does one quell the recruiting abuses of the paunchy, overzealous alumnus, whose fool brains, understanding — and ability in most instances— never got any higher than their stomachs”?

1) In the early 30’s Tex Robertson won the national championship as a swimmer at the Junior College level. He then received a scholarship offer to USC as a freshman and then transferred to University of Michigan to swim and was once again listed as a freshman. The NCAA finally caught up with Tex, and he was ruled ineligible to swim for Michigan during the 1936 season.

2)When Tex Robertson took the head swimming job at Texas in 1935, he had no scholarships to offer swimming athletes , but he still offered scholarships to some of the best swimmers. “Tex solution was to pay for as much of the Longhorn swimmers’ scholarships as he could with his own money. Admirable but clearly not allowed under NCAA rules. Coach Reese the present Coach of the Longhorn swimmers said Tex help was “morally fine, ethically fine but NCAA’-LY , he was a dead man”. Fortunately the NCAA in the 30’s was still not enforcing many of the rules the institution implemented, and Coach Robertson was not punished.

3) Joey Aboussie was an All American in high school and many universities were “bidding” for his service under the table, but he still chose Texas with no bribes offered . Joey says most of the bribing came from the alumni not the coaches. Joey like many other recruits said he was not prepared for the pressure put on him to sign from recruiters.

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4) In the early 60’s Ernie Koy was heavily recruited by universities across the nation. One recruiter came to his house  and volunteered to help him slop the hogs at sundown on his father’s place hoping that this work would convince Ernie of their sincerity to “help” him .  Ernie says “ I never met a nicer bunch of gentlemen “. Ernie signed his letter of intent with Texas and learned very quickly that the honeymoon was over.  The recruiter’s who wanted to tuck him in at night and loved his parents changed dramatically. No more sweet talk for Ernie from the coaches. It was a time to earn and learn.  

5) In 1960  Duke tells a story in his book about the harshness of rejecting the courtship of a recruiter.  Duke decided to cancel his Baylor trip to attend Coach Royal’s spring game .  When he told the Baylor coach he was cancelling his visit the Baylor the Coach was upset and said “Well then, why did you schedule it?” He then said to  Duke “He (Duke) might  want to be careful with his flippant attitude.” It was after this incident that Duke said “ the fun and glamour had fast gone out of my recruiting experience.”  

6) Coach Todd Dodge a 1982 recruit says to his high school football players in 2018 “back in 1980 and 81 when I was getting recruited, literally, the recruiting process started around January 1 and it lasted about one month,” Dodge said. “There were no games that you went to, there were no camps, there were no junior days. You found out, basically, your coach told you when the season was over with, ‘Oh, by the way, these guys like you”. He (the high school head coach) probably already set up your visits for you and here’s your four, five visits. So it was only about a one month process.”

Todd Dodge says “One of the things we try to tell our (high school) players is don’t let anybody take your joy away during the (recruiting) process.

7) Billy Dale wishes he had listened Todd Dodge and Duke Carlisle. As a 17 year old boy in 1967, It sounded like fun to visit a campus all expenses paid, but it was not. He always respected authority and coaches were the center of the authoritarian universe.   Informing one coach from a SWC university that he was going to be a Longhorn was his first brush with the mean spirited side of recruiting. The day after he publicly announced his decision to attend Texas, the coach, whose courtship was rejected, called him at 7:00 A.M. on a school day. Respecting authority , Billy listened to the Coach, but he soon realized that the soft sell approach of this coach had morphed into a hard sell approach. Billy got emotionally upset when the coach said “ you will never play at UT “. His father finally stepped in and yanked the phone from him and said to the coach, “ the boy has made his mind up, and he is going to be a Longhorn.”

Scalping Tickets and other Infractions


Players were given 2 complimentary tickets and the option to purchase 4 more all on the 50 yard line. Most players opted for the six tickets with the intent to sell the tickets to corporations and wealthy alumni. Unfortunately scalping tickets was banned by the SWC in the late 40’s which resulted in objections from some prominent members at the University level. Clemson’s Athletic Director reasoned that if it was ok for the student body to scalp their tickets , it should be alright if athletes yo do the same. Coach Bear Bryant said when he was at college scalping tickets paid for “ toothpaste and shaving cream” and various other necessities. For many of the players from poor families, this extra money helped then with incidentals and even dating. From my own experience playing in the the late 60’s, I know the players in this era were scalping tickets so the 1940 SWC ruling against scalping must not have never been enforced.

Other Infractions

The battlefield for the fruits of winning games begins with signing great recruits . Coach Akers inherited a program at a time when The SWC was  losing the battle to remain relevant and competitive with other conferences.  In Fact, In 1980, 1986, 1988, and 1989 there were no SWC Teams in the final top 10. The great Texas high school football athletes were leaving the "boring" SWC for more "exciting" football venues, and many SWC teams resorted to desperate means to survive - including illegal recruiting, dirty money, and predatory tactics. Only Rice, Baylor and Arkansas escaped the eyes of the NCAA in the 80’s. After a 18 month investigation UT is accused of violating 19 NCAA rules from 1980 - 1986 . Texas received some minor sanctions for giving players small loans of $10- $50, loaning cars to players, and selling complimentary tickets.  Akers said " These violations are an accumulation of small things over a long period of time that could happen almost anywhere you have a major program." 25 players lose some or all of their complimentary tickets for selling them to make money.

Stealing a lollipop is not as significant as stealing a car, and in this analogy Texas stole a lollipop and SMU stole the car. SMU chose deceit over compliance to recruit great athletes to fill their coffers. Fortunately, for the integrity of college sports, SMU was caught and punished with the “death” penalty.

Naturally there were a lot of Longhorns complaining about how minor the infractions were. Ken Hackemack the UT defensive tackle said “ I think the NCAA is making the S.W.C. into the scapegoat for violation accusations. It is very ridiculous to punish SWC teams when most other schools are making the same or worse violations. Almost everyone does it. It is hard to avoid.

Stephen Llewellyn another defensive tackle said “ If they penalize us for a coach lending $10 for a guy to go home for his mother’s funeral or lending a car to go across campus, then in the light of violations like SMU’s , ours are very minor and ridiculous. They (NCAA) are making a big deal out of nothing. Now, if they uncover something like boosters giving big gifts, well, then we should be punished.”

Jeff Ward the UT kicker said “ The NCAA is ridiculous. They are naive and they seem to have their priorities in the wrong places. They are so understaffed that they can’t catch the real violations. I guess they have just decided to camp out in Texas and flash their badges here for a while. They should have something better to do. “

However the UT President William Cunningham disagreed with the players on the team. He said (The violations) may be perceived by many people as relatively minor, but the University takes any violations of rules seriously.”

4 weeks earlier SMU received the "death penalty" from the NCAA. SMU in the 80’s chose deceit over compliance to recruit great athletes to win games and fill their coffers. Fortunately, for the integrity of college sports, they were caught. The NCAA rightfully punished SMU with the death penalty.  

Bryan Millard labels the Texas-SMU game as competition "between a couple of jailbirds." 

1) 1987 Eric Metcalf is in violation of an NCAA rule. He receives room and board at Jester Center during the summer, but he does not attend school.  The punishment is a one game suspension for Eric.  He misses the BYU game and Texas loses 47-6. 

2) In 1995 Texas Wins The SWC Championship With A Scholarship Player Who Has No College Eligibility.  Ron McKelvey (Ron Weaver)  Plays In all 11 Games At Texas.  His Mother And Father don’t even know He Is On The Texas Team. Federal Prosecutors Charge Ron With "Fraudulent Misrepresentation" And Misuse Of a Social Security Number. The Result- No NCAA Infraction for Texas And Ron reimburses Texas $5000 For The Cost Of The Scholarship. 

3) Texas gets probation without sanctions for buying Marcus Dupree's new boots .

Not the End

Unfortunately, Winning, power, and money still lead to Corruption in college sports so the NCAA, with all its flaws, is still necessary to both investigate and enforce sanctions.

the hide and seek of recruiting violations will always find new beginnings to a never ending story.