David Berst came to SMU in 1987 to issue, at the time, the toughest punishment ever meted out by the NCAA to a Division I football program, the “death penalty.”
On Monday, Berst — then the NCAA’s director of enforcement and now an NCAA vice president — said that the sanctions against Penn State over the molestation scandal were as strong as he’s ever seen.
“These are very different situations, and … [the current punishment] is intended to have a little different impact,” Berst said. “But these are severe, no question.”
Time will determine whether Penn State’s football fortunes fall like SMU’s.