I remember reading, watching all the info I could this past year (thanks to ESPN’s “30 for 30″) on SMU’s death penalty situation. With a program to actually pay their student-athletes, that led to the football team rising to the top of the college ranks.
Obviously in college sports, paying the athletes is against the rules. Plus, SMU did this in hopes of taking their program to the top. That’s what happened. And when they got caught, the rightful punishment was the death penalty.
But with Penn State, the cry for a death penalty doesn’t make sense. At least the way I see it, it’s two totally different situations. What happened at SMU was done to gain an advantage on the football field. So the proper punishment was to take away football. But what happened at Penn State had nothing to do with what went on the football field, so why should we take away that?