Earlier this month, Boise State was sanctioned by the NCAA after it was found 63 incoming players between 2005 and 2009 received impermissible benefits that totaled just over $4,900.
Because members of the football program were found to have provided “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 Broncos were stripped of nine scholarships — three a year through 2013; reduction in the number of preseason practices from 29 to 26 next year; and three fewer contact practices during the spring sessions in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Exactly two weeks after having those significant sanctions slapped on the program, Boise State has signaled their intentions to seek a reduction in their punishment.
According to the school, an appeal will be filed with the NCAA as to the penalties levied on the football program. BSU has informed the NCAA of their intentions to appeal the decision.
What the Broncos will seek is a reduction to the level of their self-imposed sanctions: a reduction by three of scholarships and preseason practices this year and next. The school did not reduce the number of allowable spring session practices in their self-sanctions and will seek to have that NCAA-levied penalty wiped away on appeal.
A decision from the NCAA is not expected until late November at the earliest.