The death penalty has always been a source of controversy and now it is being debated as it pertains to NCAA sanctions and rule violation scandals. As the scandal continues to percolate with the Miami Hurricanes football team, odds seem pretty good that the NCAA could invoke its most serious punishment of all - the dreaded 'death penalty.'
It's only been used once since - to punish the repeat offenders at Southern Methodist back in 1987 - but oddsmakers think it will happen again. Several sportsbooks tracked by odds aggregator Odds Shark, including Bodog, have opened the 'yes' wager as a -130 favorite.
"It's not a life-and-death struggle like the real death penalty, but it will have crippling consequences for the school that churns out NFLers at a record clip," said Mike Pickett of OddsShark.com. "The future of ACC betting odds and all games this season and for future seasons rides on the decision."
The booster scandal will produce suspensions and penalties. The only question is how harsh they will be.
Odds point to significant and severe discipline.
Convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro has detailed his decade of plying athletes with cash, liquor, prostitutes and other illegal goodies. The story was broke by Yahoo! journalists who spent nearly a year following the story.
What is the death penalty in college sports? It means your team is banned from playing for an entire year.Oddsmakers predict a serious post-season ban as well, forsaking bowl game glory and revenue. The over-under number from Bodog is three years.
There are also lines on how many current Miami football players will get suspensions. That number is set at OVER 11.5. See the full list of current college football props:
Will Al Golden be the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes for the 2012-2013 season?
Will the Miami Hurricanes receive the "Death Penalty"?
How many years of postseason ban will the Miami Hurricanes receive?
Over 3 -110
Under 3 -130
Total number of current Miami Hurricanes players that will be suspended?
Over 11.5 -150
Under 11.5 -150
See the latest college football odds, match-up reports, trends and more at Odds Shark.