NCAA President Mark Emmert handed his organization the feared “death penalty” Monday morning, forcing itself to shut down all operations for four years in light of the Jerry Sandusky Penn State scandal.

“Only because of the environment created by the NCAA was the monstrous Sandusky scandal was allowed to rage for several decades,” said Emmert. “It is for this reason we have decided to shut down all operations for the next four years, at which time we will resume our operations not as a multi-billion dollar corporation profiting off the free labor of thousands of young men and women, but as an organization that is an integral part of higher education and to focus on the development of our student-athletes, which is our mission statement after all.”