In the wake of the Sandusky sex abuse cover-up, the Associated Press is reporting that the NCAA has not ruled out dismantling the championship football program at the university.
In a PBS interview Monday night, NCAA President Mark Emmert said he doesn’t want to “take anything off the table” if the NCAA determines penalties against Penn State are warranted.
Emmert said he’s “never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university.” He added, “What the appropriate penalties are, if there are determinations of violations, we’ll have to decide.”
The last time the NCAA shut down a football program with the so-called “death penalty” was in the 1980s, when SMU was forced to drop the sport because of extra benefits violations. After the NCAA suspended the SMU program for a year, the school decided not to play in 1988, either, as it tried to regroup.
Seeing as the violations here are legal, and not football-based, does shutting down the program actually rectify anything?
Or would dismantling the program serve as a deterrent for other universities who may turn a blind eye to illegal behavior?
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