NCAA boss won’t rule out death penalty

The president of the NCAA says he isn’t ruling out the

possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the

wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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.