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Penn State Scandal: Death Penalty Avoided

While the "death penalty" wasn't levied against Penn State University, the NCAA did just about everything else.

SMU remains the only school to have received such a sanction, but the Nittany Lions football program certainly didn't escape. With the loss of 10 scholarships for this year and 20 for each of the next four campaigns, Penn State will have virtually no chance to compete for years against top programs.

After the way Penn State and its authorities protected the program by concealing the crimes of ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, it's hardly a shock to see such harsh penalties.

During the press conference on Monday morning, NCAA Mark Emmert made his feelings quite clear about the recent happenings in Happy Valley.

"In the Penn State case, the results were perverse and unconscionable," Emmert said.

Emmert did address the "death penalty", but said he thought it would hurt too many people who had nothing to do with the scandal.

Instead, the NCAA decided to remove some of the past while protecting the future, making sure safeguards are in place at Penn State for years to come by having to work with an athletic-integrity monitor, chosen by the NCAA .

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