NEW YORK — Penalties proposed against Southern Methodist University's football program by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn.'s enforcement staff stop short of the first use of the maximum, two-year "death penalty" shutdown, the school's faculty representative said Thursday.
While the NCAA's infractions committee is not bound by the recommendation and still could impose the maximum penalty on its own, SMU professor Lonnie Kliever said the staff's proposal at a hearing last weekend was the same as the school's.
"We cooperated and were not adversarial," Kliever said. "We discussed and disclosed the infractions that put us at risk with the enforcement people. And we went into the hearing with the staff and the institution agreeing on violations and proposed penalties. Neither the institution nor the enforcement staff went in asking for the death penalty."
Kliever would not say what penalties the school and the enforcement staff proposed.
Under legislation adopted in June 1985, the NCAA may suspend repeat offenders for up to two years, prohibiting competition, recruiting, coaching or scholarships during that period. SMU, the most penalized school in NCAA history, was already under sanction when the current charges surfaced and thus became the first to be subject to the most extreme punishment.