Web Poll: Were Penn State’s NCAA sanctions severe enough?

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Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno's statue remains on the Penn State campus. (Photo: CNN)

Penn State’s football program was hit with a $60 million penalty, will be banned from postseason play for four years, will vacate all its wins from 1998 to 2011 and will have football scholarships cut from 25 to 15.

The NCAA called the sanctions “unprecedented.” Some are saying those sanctions are not severe enough.

Most of those critics were calling for the “death penalty,” which the NCAA has only used once against a football program.

The governing body of college athletics enforced that sanction in 1987 against Southern Methodist University when it was discovered that the program was paying its players. The NCAA forced the university to disband its football program for that and the 1988 seasons.

It’s with that history in mind that we ask the following question …