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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: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:14 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

"You gotta be joking.  The NCAA went LIGHT on USC and Ohio State."

and it seems to me that they went extra gentle on Miami too!




Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:39 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

They got their punishment and did nothing near what other programs did...but no, Mark May fast forwards to Death Penalty????


They had a booster paying the players and paying recruits to come to the school.  How is that nothing near what other programs did?



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:35 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

I do not agree with paying student athletes beyond, in my opinion, what they receive for tuition and scholorship. That being said, the NCAA has gone from auditing programs for a standard set of rule infractions to the gestapo of athletics. They are as bad as the federal government and I feel they should be reigned in and perhaps regionalized. Maybe each conference coud have their own compliance system. Too many stories are written about penalties for violations that have not increased the competetive advantage of the diciplined school.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:23 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Mark May was screaming death penalty to the Miami program...now thats whats wrong with the media ...Most people no nothing about the Canes but what the Media tells them....Mark May should be on probation....They got their punishment and did nothing near what other programs did...but no, Mark May fast forwards to Death Penalty????



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:05 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

BSU is not a serious school so you have to be suspect when all they have is a football program to lure kids.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:59 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Well BSU wanted to be psrt of the bs that goes with being a big time program.  Looks like they found a way to do it.  As any of the other schools who've gone through this will you, the scholarship reduction is what hurts the most, bth in recuiting and in team depth. 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:03 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

" I actually like Boise St. too. Loosing 3 scholarships for the next 3 years for their violations is nothing more than a slap in the face to the likes of USC & Ohio St."

You gotta be joking.  The NCAA went LIGHT on USC and Ohio State.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:53 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Talking trash about the Ducks (who have zero NCAA violations) and all along LSU and Boise State are cheating.  Ha ha!



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:15 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

This is exactly why I HATE the media. I do not like Ohio State, what-so-ever....BUT their football program got more publicity for 3 players taking $200-$300 at a booster party than multiple wrong doings by an entire University/College (Boise State in this case) and with multiple violations by multiple sports. Weak, very… very weak.  I actually like Boise St. too. Loosing 3 scholarships for the next 3 years for their violations is nothing more than a slap in the face to the likes of USC & Ohio St. The NCAA needs to be abolished, period. Off my soap box-SH





Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:38 am
 

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

I don't think this is the reason they got good.  They have fun, do the little things right and work hard.  Boise State will take the punishment and be better because of it.  Don't cheapen what they have done in the past.


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