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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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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:13 am

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

It's official, Boise State has arrived to big time college football.  Maybe now they'll get a legitimate opportunity to compete for the national championship, just like Miami, Ohio State and USC in past years.  They now have street cred.  Congrats and good luck!

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:11 am

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

anytime a team gets good its because they cheat. ya think all of a sudden kids want to go to oregon instead of a usc just because? ya think suddenly columbia south carloina becomes a nicer destination? ya think its happenstance that florida international starts getting SEC transfers? puh-leeze

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:47 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

So essentially there is no punishment at all.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:22 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Unbelievable how this has played out and how OSU has avoided the lack of institutional control different than USC and Miami, yet slip away due to rolling 18 wheels over Sweater Vest. BSU fans should be irate! Cheers to the Ineligibowl between OSU and the Canes being irrelevant

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:12 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

This on the same day the NCAA reinstated Ohio State players, whose coach, AD, and compliance department all lied about and said nobody was involved.  Self reporting?  Ohio State reported only after a felony investigation and the Columbus Dispatch reported on the Ohio State coverup.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:09 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

This is a joke.  The football program did not commit a major violation.  This is the harshest penalty with the exception of USC, a non-recruiting penalty and SMU.  The false logic that you can a penalize a football program for volleyball recruiting in absurd on so many levels that Dante would feel left behind.  What's it going to take with these clowns?

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:31 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

To Boise's defense, no one will schedule them...especially if it requires a home and home scenario. Your points are valid but can you see a Big 10 team taking on BSU on the smurf turf knowing that they have to play at the Shoe,in Lincoln, Happy Valley, and the Big House? I can't!

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:14 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

wow the NCAA sucks! rules this rules that rules this rules that rules this rules that. all the ncaa does is tear down programs usc miami boise state and on and on and on. They get penalties from such stupid stuff. boise state players wanting money and a good life. to the ncaa- who gives a s**t about your stupid rules, none of the 120 schools above.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:13 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

I have no problem with these punishments, however, the NCAA better look long and hard at this penalty when dispensing their penalty to Ohio State, otherwise, the Utah attorney general, who is trying to bring down the BCS in congress, will probably have more than enough fuel to bring them down with the possible double standard that may happen.

I personally don't see how the NCAA could impose anything more than Ohio State already has.  In our case they cited "lack of institutional control" which I can understand because more than one sport and more than one person was involved.  From everything that I read so far concerning OSU, most people are saying they don't "think" the NCAA will cite lack of institutional control seeing as how only one man (Tressell) knew anything. 

Considering that, I personally think that firing that one man, suspending players involved, vacating your entire season, vacating your bowl win, and returning all monies earned from that bowl game is more than sufficient. 

I'm just gald they finally fired Gene Bleymiar.  He may have done great things for this program in the past, but his inability (or refusal) to schedule more than 1 quality opponenet a year OOC earned him a pink slip by itself in my opinion.  The goal is the championship and that's never going to happen scheduling only 1 quality opponent OOC every year.  Hopefully his replacement will do a much better job with the schedule.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:54 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Thanks for pointing out exactly what I said a couple of hours ago.  TRADING items you own for services (tatoo art work) is NOT the same as accepting cash, and most of the violations were self reported.  Not reporting them sooner was a huge mistake that cost a great coach his job.  The media convicted the entire program before a lot of facts were known.

Sure it is. You trading items for tatoos is the same as getting cash and buying the tatoos. Same thing.

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