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.