Posted 22 July 2012 - 03:10 PM
The NCAA could make the most of these unfortunate circumstances by levying punishments that would impact the school and not the athletes. Let's not forget that whatever penalties are imposed will effect the entire athletic department since the football program obviously brings in the most money, of which portions are doled out to the other athletic programs.
The penalties the NCAA imposes now on schools has little effect on the schools themselves and a far reaching impact on the athletes. The school will retain their portion of any TV contracts which is easily the biggest chunk of change they receive. Penalizing them with no bowl appearances will cost them a few mil and removing scholarships will only hurt athletes.
While they likely will not get the death penalty, let's not forget when SMU did, the school was forced to shut the fooball program down in 1987.
Again, I think the NCAA could make the best of a bad situation by allowing an open exit policy for any athlete on campus without requiring a sit-out year. As a matter of fact, I'd consider letting them leave with their scholarships so another school wouldn't have to pick up the tab.