Perhaps, the NCAA views Penn State and SMU as bookends.
Perhaps, the NCAA has contemplated whether the constellation of scandals that occurred at intercollegiate athletic programs between 1987 and 2012, were results of its reluctance (in the face of public outcry the Death Penalty was excessive) to levy harsher penalties.
Many have criticized the NCAA, labeling it weak and ineffective.
Now, some are complaining the NCAA has abused its power, in acting so quickly - and harshly - against Penn State.
Regarding Penn State, did the NCAA abuse its power or did the NCAA do what was necessary and proper?