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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: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:53 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Now that you're legit. go win the national title. way to go.Money mouth

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:51 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Hmmm, surprise! Another big program busted by the NCAA.

I'm not happy that more schools are taking the load off of my Buckeyes, because I still want my Buckeyes to do whatever it takes to clear the mess and be clean.  However, the fact that more and more penalties are arising really proves the idea that "it goes on everywhere."

To everyone who wanted to point the finger at us when we were the first ones caught, it sucks doesn't it!

With that being said, let's clean this sport up, I love watching it too much to see some of these schools get penalized.  SEC, Big 12, Pac 10, Big 10, I don't care who or where good football is played, I just want it to be clean football.    &n

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:51 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

want some cheese with that whine,i mean come on everybody wants to turn every story that happens in ncaa football into something about THE OHIO STATE !!!!!!! WHY dont you people get a life and worry about something that the other school did wrong. You are either a bandwagon jumper or a michigan fan...................then again you could be a miami of florida fan.............i suppose all of their problems should have something to do with osu also??????

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:49 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

Let me see if i have this right boise get probation and scholarships taken away for giving away rides to and from? Ohio state has players selling jerseys, helmets getting paid for autographs trading osu stuff and they get????? what a f cking joke, just goes to show all of us that the big money schools make and break the rules and its ok. how freaking sad has it become. 

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:43 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

They didnt come out of nowhere, they had several good seasons before they beat OU a few years back.  Problem was nobody wanted to play them

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:39 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

It is time for all good schools to just say NO to the NCAA.
Do you really think nobody is going to not play Ohio State, Flordia, Auburn etc
if the big bad NCAA says that if you play them the games will not count.
I think not.  Without the BCS schools sports the NCAA has nothing.
It is time for the Presidents of the BCS to JUST SAY NO to the NCAA and the joke of the Rules
that were written for kids 40 50 years ago. It is time to update the rules on there own that reflect
what is going on in todays  campus life.
1.  Scholarships should be a 4 year agreement with an option for a fifth year,
2.   All scholarship athletes are required to have a tutor assigned to them.(this gives another student a job on campus)
3.  Allow them to have a job.  Who cares who they work for as long as they have  a chance to work
4.  Full room and board for the entire year.  Many of these kids in any sport have no where to go when school is out.
5.  Form a real system of checks and balances for the schools who do not follow the new rules.
6. re-write the NCAA so that it everyone can read it.  They are not the IRS so time to keep it simple.
7. Stop punishing the HONEST ATHLETES. IF you penalize anyone make it the people who are in charge.
   if it was a coach if you keep him you get the penalty. Now you keep them away from other schools until the penalty is lifted

This is just the beginning of things to make it work

When you look at what BSU kids did is nothing more than what others do everyday with friends

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:38 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

There was housing provided to TP..He admitted it. BSU gets this yet cheaters called TUOS skating..PATHETIC!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:37 pm

Boise who?

It is always suspiscious when a program comes out of nowhere and suddenly has elite athletes.  Sometimes, it is done with coaching and great recruiting.  Sometimes, shortcuts are taken.  It might not have been much of a competitive advantage, but BSU certainly hasn't done anything to silence their doubters, have they?

Whenever any program is investigated, the first concern is that the original infractions might just be the dirt under the edge of the carpet, and that the more carpet that is removed, the more dirt the NCAA will find.  To mix metaphors, BSU may have just dodged an iceberg.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:36 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

If you want to pay athletes, make a minor league.  The universities are first and foremost (and always will be) schools.  The primary point of going to school is to get an eduction not play ball.  If you don't like it, get over it and make an avenue for people to play ball and not go to school (esp if they don't want to anyway).  90% of scholarship athletes don't play professional ball anyway.
Why would the NFL make a minor league system when they can just continue to use the NCAA's slave trade as a means for getting the most NFL ready talent?  Both the NFL and NCAA are in cahoots to make millions upon millions of dollars off the backs of "student ath-a-letes".  Why else would the NFL have rules stipulating a player be out of high school for 3 years before being eligible for the draft?  The schools benefit.  The NFL benefits.  The college players?  Not so much.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Ohio Weasels on the air...

Pops: my computer had a case of "premature evacuation" on that last abbreviated post.

Anyway, is anyone stupid and naive enough to believe that the only thing going on in Columbus is free tats?  In Maurice Clarett's case alone, until he was silenced by death threats, there were free "escorts" from the local strip club, "tutors" to make sure "student athletes" didn't have to bother with such trivial things as going to class and taking tests, golden handshakes, and free cars.  

Fast forward to 2011. THE Ohio State University still provides the free cars and golden handshakes.  They also have free golf at a posh country club that 90 percent of their fans don't have the class or the money to play, free tats, and all of the free drugs and alcohol a player wants, just for being an "student-athlete."  Then, there is the event Buckeye apologists refer to as "just a charity event," where players are not only paid, but get to go to a dinner worth hundreds of dollars as a "celebrity guest."

I am still trying to figure out whether Buckeye fans are so arrogant that they think they are above ever being punished, or so naive that they believe the load of horse-pucky that is coming from Gene Smith and Gordon Gee.  Either way, I guess it must be OK for schools to cheat, stonewall, lie, and obstruct investigations by witness tampering and death threats: especially if your president is Mark Emmert's BFF.  

Fire Mark Emmert.  Punish THE Ohio State University. 

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