Know Your 1992 Dallas Cowboys: Team Recruits Scout Larry Lacewell

This post is part of the 1992 Season in Review series, marking the 25th anniversary of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl championship season.

Twenty-five years ago, the Cowboys were talking to Larry Lacewell, defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee, to become director of scouting.

On May 19, 1992…

The Dallas Cowboys were building a dynasty during the early 1990s, so scouting was critical. Jimmy Johnson received much credit for spotting talent, but others were obviously very involved.

Anyone remember who was the director of scouting in the early 1990s?

Several would probably say Larry Lacewell, who served from 1992 to 2004. In fact, on May 19, 1992, reports surfaced that the team was recruiting Lacewell, who had been the head coach at Arkansas State and who was serving as defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee. He had worked with Johnson at Oklahoma State.

Before Lacewell was Dick Mansperger, who had been with the Cowboys from 1972 to 1976, then with the Seahawks from 1976 to 1983, then again with the Cowboys. The reason Mansperger left was “uncertainty of the future of the NFL draft and the pros’ relations with the colleges.”

Lacewell remained with the Cowboys through thick and thin during the rest of the 1990s and early 2000s. He retired after the 2003 season, when Dallas made the playoffs after recording a 10-6 record.

Beuerlein and others file an antitrust lawsuit

The Cowboys may not have made the playoffs in 1991 if it weren’t for quarterback Steve Beuerlein.

He made news in other ways during the offseason in 1992. He sued the league for antitrust violations. Others involved in the suit were Marcus Allen and Freeman McNeil.

Beuerlein’s beef was with the Los Angeles Raiders, not the Cowboys. Raiders owner Al Davis had prevented Beuerlein from leaving the team before finally trading the quarterback to Dallas for a fourth-round pick in August 1991.

Beuerlein’s comment:

I never said anything at the time because it just would have made my situation worse. But I didn’t want to just sit back and let that team and its owner (Al Davis) walk away free after treating a player like that. It wasn’t fair and this is my attempt to take a stand against it.

Full free agency began in 1993, and Beuerlein left the Cowboys to join the Cardinals in April 1993.

In other news…

Michael Jordan won his third NBA Most Valuable Player award after leading the Chicago Bulls to a 67-15 record.