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Boise State smacks itself over NCAA violations

Chris Petersen AP

Tuesday brought word of Boise State’s response to an NCAA inquiry that alleged violations committed by five of its sports, including its flagship football program.

Wednesday we learn by way of the Idaho Statesman that the school has slapped itself on the wrist rather hard in the hopes of appeasing the NCAA henchmen.

According to the Statesman, BSU has self-imposed sanctions that include three fewer preseason practices — going from 29 to 26 ahead of the season opener against Michigan State — as well as stripping themselves of three football scholarships over the next two years.  Additionally, the paper writes, the school issued a letter of education to football coach Chris Petersen and his coaching staff.

The secondary violations, which were initially found by BSU’s compliance staff and self-reported to the NCAA, stems from 63 incoming players receiving impermissible benefits that totaled just over $4,900.  The benefits involved, the school stated in its official response to the NCAA inquiry, “impermissible housing, transportation or meals, where an incoming student-athlete was provided a place to sleep (often on a couch or floor), a car ride or was provided free food by an existing student-athlete.”

The “services” rendered ranged from $2.34 to $417.55.  All $4,934 has been reimbursed by the five dozen or so players involved.

“I definitely think it was a misunderstanding on the part of the coaches. They didn’t realize those were even violations,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said.

“We’ll talk to the coaches about this. You can’t do anything without first asking a question of the compliance officer as to whether or not it’s permissible under NCAA rules. We can’t make assumptions anymore, given the technicalities of the NCAA rules.”

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6 Responses to “Boise State smacks itself over NCAA violations”
  1. parkcityute says: May 4, 2011 11:34 AM

    It appears that Boise State may have taken a pro-active stance on the matter as we had hoped they would to forestall much greater sanctions by the NCAA. Self-policing and self-reporting is what the NCAA desires and has within its rules. It does make sense that these types of violations may not seem to be such by the coaches but “first asking a question of the compliance officer” should now be a rule of thumb for all programs, not just Boise State.

  2. 78lion says: May 4, 2011 11:37 AM

    Unfortunately for Boise football, they share a university a tennis program that did some very wrong things. I expect the tennis coach to be looking for a job at a local tennis club soon.

  3. mrcowpatty says: May 4, 2011 1:19 PM

    Boise State better be careful, the NCAA may send them back to the WAC.

  4. lbijake says: May 4, 2011 5:14 PM

    Boise State is definitely not big time. 68 players total $4900 in extra benefits. That is hardly the worth of one set of pants sold by the BUCKeyes. Straighten up, Boise, you have to be way more corrupt if you want to play big time football. This is not the Little Sisters of the Poor.

  5. olskool711 says: May 5, 2011 9:38 AM

    “Unfortunately for Boise football, they share a university a tennis program that did some very wrong things. I expect the tennis coach to be looking for a job at a local tennis club soon.”

    The tennis coach, the assistant tennis coach was fired immediately — last fall.

    The compliance officer — fired.

    No excuses.

    No explantions.

  6. boisestatewhodat says: May 5, 2011 11:27 AM

    The season opener is not Michigan State genius, its against Georgia in the Chick fi ley (spelling) kickoff game.

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