I know that there will be a ruling tomorrow at 9 a.m. Eastern concerning the pedophilia case with Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, etc. There is a report out now that says they will NOT be getting the death penalty, but a penalty so strigent that it will be just as bad as the death penalty. Not sure how that will work out.
The last school to get the death penalty was SMU back in the late 1980s. Notice that they went from being a powerhouse back in the 1980s to a cream puff for the past 25 years. That is how severe the death penalty can be. SMU lost all scholarships and they were banned from playing football for an entire year, and could only play away games the next year. They chose not to play the second year. Because of this, they lost all continuity with their powerhouse status.
Penn State should get at least the death penalty. What took place there was far more egregious in nature. Yes, I know that the university board tried to deal with it once they became aware of the scandal. That really doesn’t help in my opinion. Yes, SMU refused to deal with the NCAA when they were under investigation, and they did deserve the death penalty. Even though Penn State cooperated, their deeds go far beyond what SMU did. The program needs to be shut down for at least 2 years.
I know there are those who say that this is unfair to the students that are there now. But the punishment is on the institution and if you withhold punishment from an institution because the offending parties have moved on, then there is never any true punishment. Those students that are there now should be given the freedom to leave no matter what the penalties end up being.