Pat Forde of ESPN.com on college football at Miami and the death penalty:
To be clear, SMU’s ’87 death penalty did not eradicate scandal in college football, even in the short term. It was 1989 when Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in an orange prison jumpsuit after a cocaine trafficking bust, and 1992 when Auburn defensive back Eric Ramsey appeared on “60 Minutes” with pay-for-play revelations.
It’s a more complicated penalty to assess nowadays. A complete program shutdown would adversely affect high-dollar conference television packages and impact revenue streams at multiple athletic departments. A conference commissioner would certainly object and potentially try to influence those charged with making such a decision. Legal challenges would be a distinct possibility. Public outcry would be louder than ever. Scheduling would be thrown into turmoil.
Two big reasons why I don’t think another team will ever get the “death penalty”. The second point is key. It’s all about the Benjamins now. So many people who be affected, there is just no way I think it will happen no matter what.