Penn State didn’t get the death penalty, though it might as well have. Severe scholarship reductions, $60 million fine, 4-year postseason ban, 5 years probation…sheesh. Also, Paterno drops from first to twelfth on the all-time victory list, as all wins from 1998 to 2011 inclusive have been vacated.
It would be highly impressive for Penn State to comply with these penalties by shutting football down itself. The NCAA has already waived eligibility requirements for transferring players. (And besides, it’s not like they’d lose that many more games.)
How about it, Penn State? Can you muster a truly honorable deed?