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Today, the implications could be even worse.

In an era when conferences have so many tie-ins to bowl games, along with lucrative television contracts, all the schools in a league could lose revenue.

NCAA presidents are weary of the stream of scandals. At last week’s retreat, Penn State President Graham Spanier said university leaders had reached a “boiling point” only to see the Miami case jump into the headlines a few days later.

Julie Roe Lach, the NCAA’s vice president for enforcement, said Wednesday that last week’s presidential discussion included talk about more suspensions for coaches and more postseason bans for teams. Emmert believes the board of directors may also adopt proposals within months that give NCAA investigators more latitude to get information from third-party associates, such as boosters and agents.

While Spanier said there was solidarity among the presidents during last week’s retreat, some of the most outspoken proponents of tougher sanctions came from schools already under the NCAA microscope. “We have got to get a handle on this and the presidents are absolutely determined, even the presidents of institutions that have had problems,” he said.

When asked about Shalala’s input, Spanier said: “She was in the meeting and she has been an incredible champion of getting this right.”

Does that include using the “death penalty”?

Said Emmert: “I think there’s a difference between conventional wisdom that’s been around for almost 30 years now and what we need to do for appropriate deterrence.”