And the death penalty is not off the table...
Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
NCAA vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach said Wednesday the "majority of ... support" she encounters within the organization is for sanctions like bowl bans and scholarship reductions that stop short of the death penalty--even in the event of mammoth scandals like the one unfolding at Miami. But apparently, she didn't talk to the NCAA's own president.
This being said, the death penalty isn't necessary to drive a stake through the heart of the Miami football program. With serious sanctions coming down the pipe, The U is certainly going to lose some recruits they previous thought they had, and future recruits will be less likely to consider Miami. Al Golden is probably out the door as soon as the season ends. So even if the investigation takes 2-3 years, Miami will start to feel the effects much sooner. A five-year bowl ban and a loss of 10 scholarships per incoming class for at least that long will have a similar impact as the death penalty without all the messy details (scheduling, TV contracts, conference realignment, etc.). It would take Miami a decade to recover from a punishment that severe.