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Boise's Tjong-a-Tjoe reinstated

Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 1:19 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The NCAA announced on Wednesday that Boise State defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, who may just be the owner of the greatest name ever, has been reinstated to the Boise State football team. Tjong-A-Tjoe will be eligible to play for Boise this weekend against Air Force.

He had been forced to sit out the first six games of the season after receiving impermissible benefits that totaled $13,600 from a host family. Tjong-A-Tjoe, one of three Boise State players from Amsterdam who were ineligible to start the season, received benefits that included "housing, meals, gifts, school supplies, travel, vacation, among other items" according to the NCAA.

Tjong-A-Tjoe still has to repay the value of the benefits he received, which shouldn't be a problem at all for a kid from another country that doesn't have a job since he's playing college football.

He's the last of the three Boise State players from Amsterdam, Cedric Febis and Geraldo Boldewjin being the other two, to be reinstated.

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:32 am

Boise's Tjong-a-Tjoe reinstated

I'm not 100% sure on this but from what I've heard the athlete can take benefits from host families without any penalty UNTIL the host family purchases season tickets.  This purchase then qualifies the host family as a booster and from that point on anything they give the athlete is subject to NCAA review.

So, your a host family and you bring a young person into your home and 'raise' them for a couple of years and they begin doing well for the local university football team and you can't go to the game and enjoy the success and happiness you've been a part of.  Sounds typical of the NCAA.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:22 am

Boise's Tjong-a-Tjoe reinstated

Yup you are right.  All three of these violation penalties are just plain idiotic. The NCAA is so f'd* up.  This pretty petty and minor stuff compared to what was done by the other schools recently in the news.  And I am including the Cam Newton debacle.  Most of this is things that any host family would do for anyone that was staying with them.  So these kids get penalized basically because the decided to be foreign exchange student and then when out for high school football, and then hooked up with the hosts families "Booster" team.  What a crock.  This is just the NCAA saying that BSU you don't belong....  Go way.

Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:32 pm

Boise's Tjong-a-Tjoe reinstated

Our compliance office should have been all over it though.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:34 pm

Boise's Tjong-a-Tjoe reinstated

The NCAA is a Joke.  The next thing they are going to go after is the free sex.  BYU players will not have to worry.

If any player has sex with a girl who is said to be better looking than the player he will be suspended.  The player must now repay the amount he would have had to pay a Hooker with equivalent assets (the player will also assesed for each encounter no matter how short). 

- I was just told this is a NCAA rule but the lawyers are trying to get the exact wording from the NCAA.     


Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:17 pm

Boise's Tjong-a-Tjoe reinstated

Having Tjong-a-Tjoe back is the real story here.  He's probsbly considered like family and they didn't know any better.  As far as getting back another quality D-Lineman back that's had some injuries but thrives on rotating in 7-8 guys and staying fresh and aggressive.

Everyone one of these foreign kids has made an immediate impact and Tjong-A-Tjoe will as well.  They'll be talking about him during and after this game. I'm happy for him.  Sitting out in a season like this would really suck!

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:56 pm

Boise's Tjong-a-Tjoe reinstated

So did they go all the way back to when he was a high school student and total up everything that the host family did for him and stick him with the tab?  This is ridiculous, he is a foreign exchange student, of course he is going to have things provided for him. 

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