Report: Penn State Football Will Not Receive ‘Death Penalty’
A report is out that Penn State will not receive the so-called ‘Death Penalty’ as a result of the Sandusky child rape case and the subsequent failure/cover-up of administration officials which followed. From ESPN:
NCAA president Mark Emmert has decided to punish Penn State with severe penalties likely to include a significant loss of scholarships and loss of multiple bowls, a source close to the decision told ESPN’s Joe Schad on Sunday morning.
But Penn State will not receive the so-called “death penalty” that would have suspended the program for at least one year, the source said.
The penalties, however, are considered to be so harsh that the death penalty may have been preferable, the source said.
I know many people have been shouting for the so-called ‘death penalty’ for the program, but the report makes the same argument I have made with people: that this may be actually worse for them and is the easiest way for the NCAA to severely cripple the program because the ‘death penalty’ is not quite as severe as the name implies and if the NCAA wanted to apply the death penalty here, the investigation, due process, and appeals that would be involved would likely take long enough that this season would be over before they were finished.