The term "Death Penalty" has been used only once in any level of football. February 25, 1987 the NCAA punished the SMU Mustangs for "pay for play". SMU was one of the best college football teams at the time. It took years for SMU to rebound from the Death Penalty. They were stripped of scholarships, and two National Championships were vacated. Now nearly 30 years after the Death Penalty was used on SMU, there comes another team that deserves the Death Penalty.