The recent publication of the Freeh Report on what exactly took place at Penn State while Jerry Sandusky abused his status in the community to sexually molest at least 10 underage males has left the country in awe. Not only did Joe Paterno and his fellow higher-ups at State College fail to act, they covered up what will go down as the greatest scandal in the history of college sports. And now the football program they fought so hard to protect is going to pay the ultimate price -- the death penalty.
For those unfamiliar with this version of the death penalty, it is a pseudonym for a measure the NCAA has taken in the past where it can exercise the power to ban a school from participating in a particular sport for at least one year.
The most pertinent example of the usage of the death penalty is from the 1980s when the NCAA cancelled Southern Methodist University's football season in 1987 as well as the home half of its 1988 season. The penalty arose as a result of numerous recruiting violations involving thousands of dollars being paid to players, and the NCAA handed down the penalty citing an utter lack of institutional control.