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NCAA hits Boise with scholarship losses, cuts in practice time

Chris Petersen

Three months after appearing in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to answer allegations of violations committed by, among other sports, its flagship football program, Boise State has heard the NCAA’s final ruling on the case.

And, suffice to say, The Association didn’t feel the self-imposed sanctions the Broncos slapped on themselves back in May were sufficiently stiff.

In its 73-page report released Tuesday, the NCAA found “that the scope and nature of the violations in five sports over a lengthy period of time, five years, in combination with a continuous pattern of violations in the men’s and women’s tennis programs demonstrate a lack of institutional control.”

The secondary violations involving the football program, which were initially found by BSU’s compliance staff and self-reported to the NCAA, stem 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 this past May, “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.  The violations occurred between 2005 and 2009.

As a result of those violations, BSU will see a reduction in scholarships from 85 to 82 in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  The program had previously announced its decision to strip itself of three scholarships for this season; obviously, there have been an additional six scholarship losses tacked on by the NCAA.

Boise also self-imposed a sanction that reduced the number of preseason practices the football program was allowed to have this year and next from 29 to 26.  In addition to that, the NCAA docked the Broncos three contact practices during the spring sessions in 2012, 2013 and 2014, dropping the maximum allowed from 12 to nine.

Perhaps the only good news for the football team is that, unlike the other sports involved in the investigation, they were not hit with any recruiting restrictions.  The program will be on three years of probation from Sept. 13, 2011, through Sept. 12, 2014.”

The school has released statements addressing the NCAA’s decision.

“We defended the athletic program to the best of our abilities at the hearing and had hoped our self-imposed sanctions and corrective measures would be sufficient,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra.

“A number of decisions have been made since the beginning of the investigation that have demonstrated our commitment to the NCAA process,” Kustra said.  “Boise State will have a diligent and meticulous approach to compliance, with a new level of leadership and accountability. The infractions and subsequent penalties have left us no margin for error going forward, and have changed the nature of oversight required.”

“Like Dr. Kustra, I was surprised by the findings. I am also disappointed,” said Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen.  “However, it will not have an impact on our on-field efforts.  At this time we are completely focused on winning Friday’s game at Toledo.

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22 Responses to “NCAA hits Boise with scholarship losses, cuts in practice time”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2011 3:58 PM

    Sorry to hear any college/university which are plagued by the huge amount of rules which seem to too often to penalize the students for things which appear normal.

    We have no love for Boise State, for their program and cupcake schedule. We always wonder what ranking they would have if they played a normal SEC conference schedule or the schedules of Alabama, Florida, LSU, or others out of conference?

    We do wish Boise State players and coaches well to work out of these silly rules violations. These silly rules (maybe about 300 pages of the 500 page rules book) need to be eliminated. But until they are, if you don’t abide by them, it will cost.

  2. ihateannouncers says: Sep 13, 2011 4:08 PM

    “impermissible housing, transportation or meals, where an incoming student-athlete was provided a place to sleep (often on a couch or floor)…”

    Wow, who knew sleeping on the floor would be considered impermissible housing?? The NCAA is a giant clusterf#*k.

    Hey southernpats, did you see the procombat uniforms that nike unveiled for LSU?? Best gloves ever!!

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2011 4:24 PM

    ihateannouncers: Why did you have to bring that up?!!! We castigated Oregon, Georgia, Maryland, etc. for these abstract and amateurish designs which we said were an afront to tradition.

    We bragged how LSU pretty much kept to their tradition unis, just with a little modernization and variation through the decades. We said how football teams which had quality football teams and were able to maintain that relevance and quality over the recent decades did not have to resort to these wardrobe changes to gain attention for their programs.

    We said all kinds of stuff and now our beloved Tigers, our Bayou Bengals have sold out to Nike and have these Pro unis coming in October! We have egg, blush, and everything on our faces. ugggh.

    Yes, the gloves look great.

    Thank you for not mentioning the Pro unis. You are kind to us in our disgrace. At least they don’t look like a night at Phantom of the Opera or a blanket of colors on a thoroughbred at Pimilco, but that does not help us save face!

    We apologize to all! The school to which we have given parts of our lives and for some us major parts of our lives, and a huge amount of money. And have been faithful to follow to football team, even amidst the very dry years, and the baseball team, track, basketball, and play tennis on their courts….ooooh….we apologize.

    We even suggested that these unis were the blame for Oregon and Georgia losing! Hope that does not portend anything to come on LSU in October…help!

  4. corvusrex96 says: Sep 13, 2011 4:42 PM

    So they lose 9 scholarships for providing a total of $4900 to 63 players. ($77 per player)

    Heck the Miami booster dropped more than $1,000,000 on hookers, strippers and booze for over 80 players.

    I guess Miami will lose 1,000,000 scholarships??

  5. boyd11 says: Sep 13, 2011 4:50 PM

    How is this regarded as lack of institution control when the NCAA already said Ohio State wont be facing a lack of institutional control charge. I’m calling BS on this one, oh wait everyone already knows the NCAA is BS.

  6. dkhhuey says: Sep 13, 2011 5:10 PM

    @boyd – perhaps you should actually educate yourself on the facts and details of both cases instead of blindly throwing out BS yourself! I’d also suggest you familiarize yourself with the definition of ‘lack of institutional control’ and what constitutes a violation of that definition. If you do that – you will have answered your own question.

  7. majorseahawk says: Sep 13, 2011 5:24 PM

    Its a witch hunt, the NCAA looks so foolish for punishing schools for this BS. Why don’t they go do something constructive. I mean letting a guy stay over at your house for the night is a “violation”? What’s he supposed to do, sleep outside on the curb? Or driving a teammate to practice, yeah that’s a serious violation there. They’re going to do some hard time for that one. Guess they also got caught putting cream cheese on their bagels, which if you look is a violation of NCAA rules believe it or not. Petty BS.

  8. WingT says: Sep 13, 2011 5:56 PM


    Those new unis look really spiffy. I especially like how the tips of the shoes match the gold trim of the helmet and sleeves.

    I think it’s really clever how LSU decided to wear them for the Aubarn game. Nothing says tough like gold tipped shoes, lol

  9. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2011 6:09 PM

    We thought the first time we saw Michael Johnson prepare for the 400 meters that “those shoes look prissy!” Then we saw Michael run like we had never seen anyone before him, flying around the corner and heading into the home stretch so far ahead he could have run backwards and won…then we said, “Gold shoes go with this man!”

    Hopefully, we will say the same when LSU wears them.

  10. Bar None says: Sep 13, 2011 6:45 PM

    Boise State football gets punished for less than $5000 infractions (sleeping on floors, giving rides, and other common occurrences for all students) while OSU gets less despite Prior getting a car and the tattoo group getting over $5000 in tattoos (most likely). Dumb.

  11. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2011 6:51 PM

    Bar None: That should make ALL fans of college football and college sports so angry! It is not just “dumb” as you so generously and kindly called it, but it is blantantly unjust, inconsistent, hypocritical, and afront to what is decent and fair, but that’s the NCAA! So very sad.

  12. Deb says: Sep 13, 2011 6:52 PM

    Oh dear heavens!!!! They fed kids and let them sleep on the floor!!!! Next they’ll be letting them shower and even giving them towels!!! I mean 63 recruits received benefits totaling $4,900. That’s almost … GASP!!! … $78 per recruit!! Athletes are sooo privileged!!

    They should shut down this program immediately. Corruption like this will create a new generation of Bonnies and Clydes!!!!

  13. Deb says: Sep 13, 2011 6:54 PM

    I think it’s time we insist on mandatory psychiatric evaluations for the NCAA braintrust. They are beginning to scare me.

  14. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2011 6:58 PM

    Deb: wonderful contribution! To the point! I wish the NCAA headquarters was close to our normal travel patterns as is the SEC offices. I would take trips there and maybe picket to call attention to their insanity. Thank you again Deb!

  15. Deb says: Sep 13, 2011 9:05 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    You know it must be insane to have me defending Boise State :)

    You guys are wearing pro combat uniforms? And so are the Gators? FSU’s are horrible. Just hideous. Worse than Oregon’s and I didn’t think that was possible. Your uniforms and Florida’s aren’t that bad. But your old uniforms were great. At least your new gloves are cool. Maybe Nike should just design gloves.

    @Wing T …

    Who designs our uniforms? We’re not getting into this racket, are we?

  16. olskool711 says: Sep 13, 2011 9:41 PM

    Integrity, credibility, does the NCAA have either?

    What a sorry sham.



    Does our game deserve better?

    Jefferson stated we get the government we deserve.

    We need to do some soul searching.

  17. olskool711 says: Sep 13, 2011 9:47 PM


    Can you blend both the Ohio State and Boise State headlines together?

    NCAA hits Boise State with scholarship losses, cuts in practice time for new students sleeping on floor, reinstates 3 Ohio State players for taking money.

    G. Gordon Gee is right! They really are the sisters of the poor.

  18. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2011 10:30 PM

    Deb: You defending Boise State? What about us defending Boise State? Maybe we both can claim temporary insanity, or maybe hanging around the NCAA too long, etc.

    We are chagrined that LSU even allowed Nike to change the traditional unis.

    The gloves are unique and probably will be retained. The shoes are also unique. Don’t know if they will hang on them but good shoes for JJ to add to his shoe collection for the police to confiscate. Reminiscent of the Michael Johnson shoes some decade ago or so, but his without the purple.

    Debuting the LSU Nike procombat unis in the Auburn game, I think? The LSU Nike procombat unis are not the worst we have seen, but we wonder why at all? Why change the traditional? Nothing was wrong with the traditional. I sound like I am whining now and I am because it is so unnecessary.

  19. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 13, 2011 10:59 PM

    Isnt there some cliche about none being so blind as those who cannot see?

    People, pay attention! In the case of Boise, it was FIVE DIFFERENT SPORTS OVER FIVE YEARS. I’ll let that sink in a little. Okay, once more for the cheap seats: IT WAS FIVE DIFFERENT SPORTS OVER FIVE YEARS.

    It the case of tOSU, it was the Tat-5 and now the Charity-3. INDIVIDUAL players (and one coach) doing stupid things, thus, no lack of insitutional control.

    Oh, btw, self-reporting and suspending the players (which is what is supposed to happen) is the ANTITHESIS of LOIC. Had Tressel done it to begin with, none of this would be happening.

    Get over it.

  20. 78lion says: Sep 13, 2011 11:16 PM

    Ohio State must have really violated rules for the NCAA to impose such severe sanctions on Boise.

  21. Deb says: Sep 14, 2011 12:47 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    I always thought LSU’s uniforms were about the best in the SEC. None of it makes sense to me.

    @angelheartsbuckeyes …

    I would love to have been with these people in kindergarten when the teacher was trying to explain the difference between apples and oranges. It probably took an entire semester … and obviously, some of them still didn’t get it. You would think the five-sport part would at least help them understand “institutional control.” I think all of it is asinine, but this has nothing to do with Ohio State.

  22. chachooga says: Sep 14, 2011 1:47 PM


    This actually hopefully bodes well for Miami. Boise St. has been found guilty of 63 players in a five year window.

    Miami has only been found guilty of 8 players in that same frame, granted the $ amount is more per player.

    The Shapiro Scumbag Yahoo Hitpiece is not “proving” anything. It is all allegations. Also it spans 10 years with 72 players. Nearly all allegations coming from the early 2000s.

    I love that this story prints “impermissible housing (mostly on couches and floors)”. Wow it must be nice to be Boise State…..what a bunch of crap.

    Miami is so hated that they would never be given that liberty….though the hate is well wauranted….Miami is way more Bad Mamajamma than Boise.

    Shapiro is a convicted felon singing a jailhouse tune to get revenge at people he was taking advantage of… boot he told it to Yahoo sports who decided to violate all journalistic integrity printing about a pregnant prostitute abortion and a $10,000 gift to a basketball player without ever reaching out to said player….oh wait my bad he tried to call and left a voicemail and checked his facebook…..

    To boot with Miami there is ZERO involvement from head coach at the time Randy Shannon. Unlike Boise.

    So to me, this story should bode well for Miami…..unless morons like Mark May start calling for the death penalty again…..did you hear Golden call him out today for that?!??!

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