Instead of starting a rule change thread, I will use this one. If you have a rule change idea: Fire away.
Since the "death penalty" rule is so harsh that it will probably never be used again, I came out with a milder version that I call the coma. A school hit with the coma penalty would not be allowed to give any NEW scholarships for one year. Current athletes would still keep their scholarships, and the school would still play its regular schedule, but would miss a full signing class.
To keep schools from beating this rule with gray shirts (January enrollments) and "placing" kids in prep school or junior college, those avenues would be closed as well. No new student athlete could get a scholarship until June of the second year. In the second year of the probation, the school could sigh ju-cos but not prep school players. In the third year they could sigh prep school players, but not ju-cos.
To make my point clear and use round numbers, I will show what would have happen had a school been penalized in 2000 for the 2001 season. Thus year 1 is 2001, and there is no confusion. I will show it also for a "regular" probation of 26 scholarships.
year 0/2000. Two schools hit with probation. One get coma and the other get 26 scholarships eliminated in a 10/10/6 penalty. In this case State U. (ST) will get the coma, and Tech will get the regular.
year 1/2001. ST can offer no scholarships. Tech is reduced to 15. Tech signs the 15 best it can, and places 3 or 4 in junior college. It may also place a prop 48 in prep school.
year 2/2002. ST signs 25. It cannot sign any prep school players so the class of 2004 is still empty. Tech signs 15. However, again it is the best 15 it can, so while ST is better off, in 2002, the additional players are probably not the blue chip prospects. Tech will have 20-25 blue chip players in this 2 year period while ST will only have the 15. Also, Tech can have still get the prep school player it placed in 2001, although he will count toward the 15. Tech will also sign and place 4 to 8 in junior college. ST can do this, and may send 1 or 2, but would have no NCAA reason other than prop 48.
year 3/2003 St will sign 25, but will NOT be allowed to sign any ju-cos. Tech, which now has 19 scholarships signs 2 of the 4 it placed, among with the best 17 other players it can. Tech may sign 30-40 blue chips in this period. ST will probably only sign 25 to 30, and will have NO JUNIOR CLASS.
year 4/2004. Both are off probation, but ST has NO SENIOR CLASS. Both sign 25, but Tech will probably have 4 or 5 (usually runs about half of those placed) ju-cos. Total blue chip signees for the four year period assuming both capable of getting 10-15 year, would be: ST 35-45, Tech 45-50. Plus, while Tech will be thin in numbers and subject the injury bug, they would never be decimated the way ST would be IMHO.