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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: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:45 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.

Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:31 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Yeah, well, that's more fans than Syracuse has.....

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:26 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

I wonder what "other" NCAA rules that the Donks have be continued?

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:10 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

The violations are mainly in tennis and track & field.  The coaches guilty of the violations were fired, and the athletic director who was in charge was also fired.  I'm not sure what else Boise is supposed to do.

No one here in Boise is taking it lightly.  I'm disappointed to see my team in this kind of headlines, but if people did wrong they deserve to be penalized.  Keep in mind, the football violations are extremely minor, it was the other sports that brought the whole thing down.

I will predict that you won't hear many Boise fans whining about how "unfair" the NCAA is or rallying in defense.  Instead, my feeling is that you take the medicine and move on.  You deal with the people who did wrong and fire them if you need to.  Meanwhile, we have a game to get ready for, on to the important stuff.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:58 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Typical NCAA double standard, the cash cows get light treatments for serious offenses while the rogue upstarts like Boise St. get slapped for minor stuff. 

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:50 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Well, there goes Boise State's good program. Hope the 20,000 total fans enjoyed it while it lasted. 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:36 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

No but they sold jerseys they stole and some that we issued to them

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:35 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Hey idiot if its not the same as getting  cash what do u call it. U must be potato head

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:24 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Compared to what these BCS schools have done, Boise State should have gotten 5 minutes probation, a stern talking to and an evil eye for a minute...thats about it...Can you imagine if Oregon and Ohio State were punished half as much for the level of infractions????  They would make SMU look pretty.  Collectively, Boise State athletics collectively improperly received an amount equal to half of an Ohio State tattoo or a sleeve of a sold jersey...redonculous...

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:54 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.

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