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Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 7:20 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

On Tuesday Boise State finally received their final report from the NCAA Committee on Infractions, which included penalties against the football program.

The committee found that secondary violations occurred over a lengthy period of time, mostly dealing with impermissible housing and transportation arrangements for prospective student-athletes or student-athletes arriving on campus early. In the case of the latter, the committee found that arriving on campus early with the assistance of discounted or cost-free housing provided a competitive advantage for the Broncos. While football was not hit nearly as hard as women's tennis or the track team, the Broncos will face some punishments and limitations in the upcoming years.

1) Three years of probation from September 13, 2011 through September 12, 2014

2) Scholarship reduction from 85 to 82 for the 2011-2012, 2012-13, 2013-2014 academic years. (The football program already self-imposed the reduction for 2011-2012 school year)

3) The football team must reduce the preseason practice opportunities by 3 for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Additionally, they will be limited to three less spring contact practices in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Boise State President Bob Kustra said Boise State's rapid growth over the last decade, from an upstart Division II program into a perennial Top 25 team, likely outstripped the school's capacity to keep tabs on compliance with NCAA rules. Kustra, who fired former athletic director Gene Bleymaier in August amidst the allegations of NCAA violations, said he'd hoped the self-imposed sanctions would have been enough to avoid probation.

"Having new leadership in the office of athletic director that understands the critical role compliance can play in the life of the program will help prevent future violations," Kustra told The Associated Press in an interview. "You're always going to be disappointed in penalties. It is what it is. Now, our job is to move forward."

As mentioned above, these limitations and penalties are minuscule in comparison to the other programs the COI found guilty of major violations.

In 2008-09, Boise State allowed a women's tennis player to practice, play and receive travel expenses after her fourth season of competition. Under the penalties, former Boise State tennis coach Mark Tichenor faces sanctions that will make it tough for other NCAA schools to hire him for the next four years.

In testimony to NCAA investigators, Tichenor said he knew it was against the rules to pay more than $2,000 for an international recruit's intensive English classes, but did so anyway because he felt "pressure to recruit, pressure to get players here," according to the committee's report.

The NCAA report found problems within Boise State's compliance department, including failure to monitor international athletes' housing. Among the sanctions, Boise State will be prohibited for two years from recruiting prospective international student-athletes for cross country and track and field, as well as for women's tennis. The women's tennis team was hit with a one-year ban on post-season play.

Assistant track and field coach Tom Shanahan faces similar two-year sanctions.

If you are interested in more details of these violations and penalties, you can find the full NCAA COI report HERE. Otherwise, onward and upward Broncos.

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Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

The difference in severity of punishment between Boise State and Ohio State makes absolutely no sense.  Let me first state that I don't feel Boise State's punishmentto be harsh at all, in fact I think it is about right.  But the slap on the wrist Ohio State got in comparison makes no sense.  If the NCAA is serious about metting out punishment fairly and consistently, then it needs to address the obvious double-standard between Big-10 (includes Notre Dame) and non Big-10 schools.  A.J. Green can't play in the bowl game but all 5 Ohio State kids, who did much worse, could.  And now this.  Any objective observer (even though I will get pummeled by the accountabilty-hating Buckeye homers as I have been all Summer) would see the discrepancy in punishment as arbitrary and based upon seemingly unrelated standards.  That can not be denied though I expect some of you Ohio boys to try.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:05 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

NCAA is completely inept.




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Do not compare what happened at SC to what happened at UM or even at OU.  At SC, one football player did wrong and one b'ball player did wrong over a 2-3 year period.  It doesn't match what UM did over a 10 year period for 72 players...you are ridiculous!!!  No one admitted it at SC, and more than likely Carroll knew about it.

The NCAA was trying to 'get' SC, and they did.  The 'man' got him.

The NCAA tried their best to let OU off the hook, and they did.  Tressell admitted his doings over the years and they still got off light.

I do agree that what they are doing to BSU is dumb.  I said this long ago, that when they get SC, they will open Pandora's Box.  Now all teams be aware.... 



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Do not compare what happened at SC to what happened at Miami and/or even OHIO St..  One football player recieved illegal funds and one basetkball player also over a 2-3 year period.  It doesn't compute to 72 players and 10 years....no one admitted to it.  More than likely it happened, and Pete Carroll knew about it. 

The NCAA was trying to get SC...bottom line.  The NCAA was trying to let OHIO St off the hook...and actually did.  Coach Tressell admitted doing crap over years.

If players get impermissible benefits they should be careful, keep it on the DL, or get caught and pay...



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

This is just sad !!!! a charge lead by the OHIO STAE BUCKEYES president ... boise is in trouble because kids show up early for school and they house them across the street.I am a hurricanes fan we deserve our sanctions just like ohio state , usc , etc... we were dishing out tens of thousands of dollars to players like other big universities not paying 50 dollars a night for a local RED ROOF INN ... FREAKIN RIDICULOUS !!!!!!!!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

NCAA again shows little consistency in more ways than one.  I have talked about it on here as many others have so many times, there just isn't much more to say.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Welcome to the big time Boise.  Hmm, should I go to USC or to Boise?  Maybe for pt, but how else?

 




Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

"Tichenor said he knew it was against the rules to pay more than $2,000 for an international recruit's intensive English classes, but did so anyway because he felt "pressure to recruit, pressure to get players here," 

Really?  For that National Championship caliber tennis team? The sport that generates millions of dollars a year for the university...? This statement is a joke.  Nobody cares about tennis at the NCAA level.  I doubt there was truly "pressure" to win.  Sounds like a football coach's statement to me....



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:46 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Well, Boise wants to be a big-time program. Now they are one step closer.



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:39 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

The reduction in practices that the NCAA hands out always struck me as odd. All a reduction in practice time does is reduce the ability of the players on the team to get game ready. I would view the NCAA's policy in this regard as one that could contribute to injuries


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