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.