Originally posted by LAFortyNinerfan:
Originally posted by drake49er:
Originally posted by jrg:Somebody please explain the "death penalty" to me in college football
It's basically where the NCAA will ban the school from competing in football for at least 1 year. It would be a devastating blow money wise and they will have a hard time coming back from it.
That's it? If it's one year, that doesn't as deadly as the phrase indicates. Maybe I'm just not seeing the big picture with the long term effects.
Look at it this way.
SMU got a one year ban. All the coaches were fired (or left), all the players left, all the support people left because the school isn't going to pay them to sit around and do nothing.
By the time they were eligible to even play, they had no players and missed the entire next season just trying to put together a staff and team.
Nobody wants to go to a team that can't compete for a Bowl Game let alone a Conference Championship, or play on tv. So when SMU finally did play their first game they basically fielded a Junior College squad and got destroyed in the SWC.
It spiraled from there.