When the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA announced the punitive measures or the sanctions stemming from former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children, it was really obvious that Penn State University is already facing crippling sanctions against its football program. The announcement was made last Monday and it was definitely disturbing for the entire school, most especially to the football team whom the coach has developed for years.

According to the NCAA, this is the right thing to do. The National Collegiate Athletic Association called for a news conference at 9am in Indianapolis, Indiana just to announce the “corrective and punitive” measures against the school. This is far worse than you may think because that sanction could mean that the so-called “death penalty” would mean to eliminate the entire season or more for the scandal-scarred football program.

This is quite some news, huh? This is definitely a big problem and dirt on the reputation of the school. The said scandal did not just happen once but a lot of times for so many years so that explains why the sanction was very huge as well. To recall some of it, last June, Sandusky was even convicted for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. Just this month, Louis Freeh, the former FBI director, released a report which states that criticized longtime head football coach Joe Paterno for his role in protecting Sandusky, and the school’s image, at the expense of Sandusky’s young victims.

If you think the death penalty is such a big one for a sanction, director Michael McCann of the Sports Law Institute at the Vermont Law School has an answer to that. “It is seldom used but these are extraordinary circumstances,” McCann said. “I think there would be a strong justification for the death penalty or a sanction that’s commensurate with the offense and would require Penn State to correct the institutional failures that led to this disastrous scandal.”