The rumor being tossed around is at least a one year suspension of the entire football program. That, however, would not quite fit the "unprecedented" billing, since SMU was hit with a two year suspension way back when.
Whatever the announcement is tomorrow, expect to hear the sound of every jaw in Happy Valley hit the floor.
UPDATE: Well, it's not the death penalty, but you could argue the long term effect might actually be worse.
Here's a rundown of the pimp slap the NCAA just landed across Penn State's jaw:
- $60 million fine, payable to victims groups and counselling programs for survivors of child abuse
- loss of ten scholarships per year and a cap of 65 total scholarships on the roster for five years
- postseason ban (no championship game, no bowl game) for five years
- immediate granted transfer to any school for any active Penn State player, without having to sit out a year, with the special provision that the scholarship does not count against the 85 scholarship limit of the school the player transfers to for the first eligible season
- Insures that this punishment is felt by the athletics department responsible for covering up child rape
- Insures that the punishment does not harm any innocent player who had nothing to do with the scandal
UPDATE TWO: Yahoo Sports is reporting that if Penn State had not signed off on the punishment outlined above, which basically everyone is saying overstepped the boundaries of what the NCAA is actually able to do, then the NCAA was ready to drop a bomb on the Penn State football program in the form of a four year suspension of the program.
Let that sink in.
Had that happened, Michael Holmes, who has not yet taken a live handoff in Lane Stadium, would have graduated before Penn State would field another football team.
This might signal the beginning of a new iron-fisted era of NCAA punishments. If I were Al Golden, I'd probably need to change my shorts right about now.