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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: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:48 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Shadow Boxer....
You missed my point entirely. Not that it is shocking since your post looks like it is written by a 6th grader.  Seriously, did you graduate from high school?
The primary point is that losing Jim Tressel is a huge penalty for OSU.  Vacating all the wins last year is pointless in my opinion, as everyone knows what happened on the field, but there are also still final rulings coming from the NCAA.  I am guessing you wouldn't understand that though since Rich Rodriguez left on his own, and we Buckeye fans are still thankful for the work he put in up in Ann Arbor.

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:47 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

looks like 3  rounds of golf for the coaches and a extra weekend at home from the road!!! just a slap on the hand.

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:41 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

The joke is how the media made up story after story about Ohio State.  No player got paid for autogaphs at Ohio State.  All issues with Ohio State were self reporting and the media and people made it seem like they discovered the issues.  The reality is Ohio State is a program that hates rule breakers and tries find them out more than any other program.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:38 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Slap on the pinkie finger for Boise...but then again they are not an elite contender anyway.

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:25 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

I can't believe people even pay attention to this crap...rides to and from, free housing if you show up "early"?  Are you kidding me?  Who F'n cares?  I suppose that if these things go unchecked it could lead to things like cash for tats or convenient car leases and then, if that goes unchecked it could lead to a multi-billion dollar industry where the main employees are paid the equivalent of a pittance for putting their future health and well being on the line so their "trusted" mentors and guardians can rake in millions with a clear conscience?  Why...that's just not possible. 

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:21 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

first off ... the NCAA have not gave their final verdict on Ohio State; their investigation is not complete.

second ... you do not think vacating the entire 2010 season and their bowl win over Arkansas ... as well as giving back all the money they got from the bowl game is not a penalty? I don't see Boise State having to vacate any wins, vacate any bowl titles, or give back any money.

third ... I still see that Boise State still has their head coach as well as all of their players eligible to play at the start of the season. Ohio State on the other hand ...

You see where I'm going with this oldjoesexy?

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:18 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Cash is involved numbnutts if that is what they are trading because it is not trading it is trading something worth money. Ohio St got out of everything it is ashame how much Ncaa love that program. WHoever heard of suspending players for four games but yet they were still able to play in the bowl game , every other program when they suspend someone does it for the bowl game.. Shows what comes first to Ohio St no moral there.  And for the guy who asked if the win verse Georgia is being taken away Are you serious you get way better players than Boise no excuses there..

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:59 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Did they take away the WIN against Univeristy of
Georgia too???!!!

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:57 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

My understanding of the Ohio State issue was that they TRADED memorabilia (jerseys, championship rings, etc)  FOR tatoos.  I don't remember ever hearing that cash was involved, and to say that a few suspensions and losing their coach is NOT a huge penalty is way off base.  If he were just another coach, maybe it's a small price, but Tressel won 1 NC, got them to 2 other title games, and won the Big 10 titile almost every year he was there.  OSU still has been to as many BCS bowls as any other school, and you think losing the coach that built all of that isn't a big penalty??  Get a clue.

Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:55 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

This is why Boise State doesn't get a chance to play in the National Championship game. Because they don't know how to cheat like "real schools" cheat. If they just flat out paid players then they would be considered title contenders

This is a joke of a violation. I heard the NCAA is going after TCU next because their spring practice went 5 minutes over the allotted NCAA time to practice

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