Tag:Boise State Investigation
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 7:20 pm

Boise State receives penalties from NCAA COI

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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Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:41 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 8:56 am

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

Posted by Chip Patterson

After responsding to the NCAA's notice of allegations Monday evening, Boise State has begun to take action to return to good graces with the NCAA.  According to the Idaho Statesman the school submitted a "roughly 1,500-word defense" against the NCAA charges, which include secondary violations in football and a major violation in women's tennis.  The document includes plans for self-imposed punishment, preventative action for the future, and defends the school against allegations of a "lack of institutional control."

For the football team, the Broncos will have at least three fewer preseason practices in 2011 and 2012.  Boise State is slated to face Georgia in the Chick Fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Sept. 3.  They will open the 2012 season at Michigan State.  Head coach Chris Petersen will also have three less scholarships to award over the next two seasons as part of the self-imposed penalties.  The NCAA Committee on Infractions will review Boise State's case in a meeting on June 10 in Indianapolis.  There they will decide whether the self-imposed penalties issued by the school suffice as proper punishment.

The football program did commit secondary violations, but it is important to note that Petersen and his staff's greatest threat here is guilt by association.  The violations totaled $4,934 in impermissible benefits to 63 incoming players during the summers of 2005-2008.  That's just over $78 per student athlete for housing and transportation.  Those dollar amounts have been repaid, and the hope is that there will be no further punishment levied against the football program.
Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:08 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 11:16 pm

Boise State responds to NCAA allegations

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Monday night Boise State announced that they have responded to the NCAA regarding secondary violations in several sports (including football) and a major violation in women's tennis.  Boise State had already self-reported a secondary violation in football, but a major violation in women's tennis this October has led the NCAA to allege a "lack of institutional control" at Boise State.

Boise State launched an internal investigation in March 2009 and according to the school, had reported all violations through May 2010.  The violations in the football program mostly involved housing, transportation, and meals.  The NCAA has determined that the total dollar value for the expenses over five years was $4,934.  The NCAA Committee of Infractions will review Boise State's response June 10, but Boise State feels confident they have done due dillegence with their internal investigation.

“I am confident we have responded thoroughly to the NCAA. Our internal review was comprehensive and our response was very detailed. We will continue to provide our full cooperation,” Boise State president Bob Kustra said. “We are deeply committed to following all NCAA rules and to ensuring that our athletic department works diligently so that our procedures reflect the highest standard. I am disappointed that we face these allegations. It is unacceptable, and the athletic department staff understand and agree with my position.”

On the football front, this has not been a huge deal to this point with the violations being secondary.  But the threat of a department-wide institutional control allegation is much more serious.  Boise State has been very active making changes to prevent future violations, including beefing up their compliance department.  If history says anything, complete cooperation is usually the best way to go.  History also tells us that the NCAA rarely expedites any aspect of an investigation, so don't expect that final report for several months.
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