NCAA President: Death Penalty Possible for Penn State: In an NPR interview Monday, NCAA president Mark Emmert would not rule out shutting down the Penn State football program because of the way allegations of sexual abuse by former coach Jerry Sandusky were covered up. Emmert said he had "never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university." The so-called death penalty was last assessed on a major athletic program against SMU in 1987. Mark Jones, the NCAA's former managing director of enforcement, said the case could bring major changes to how the NCAA polices schools. He asked, "When do you step in and when do you not step in, and do you always have to step in, now that you've potentially stepped in here?"