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Updated: Boise State accepts NCAA decision on penalty

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Updated 8:30 p.m. ET: Per a statement from the school, Boise State has accepted the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ decision to keep the number of reduced football scholarships at nine.

“The Infractions Appeals Committee favorably recognized that Boise State had a compelling case for reconsideration of an appropriate penalty,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said in the statement. “However, the Committee on Infractions disregarded the ruling. We will abide by the decision, but we are disappointed in the outcome and the lack of meaningful review.”


Back over the summer, Boise State received a glimmer of hope that, perhaps, it would not face a reduction in nine football scholarships over three years after all. BSU had been hit with the penalty last year as a result of several infractions ranging multiple sports, including secondary violations for impermissible benefits received by incoming members of the football team.

Those “benefits” included “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” and were “enjoyed” by 63 players from 2005-09 and totaled less than $5,000. So,  the NCAA’s Division I Infractions Appeals Committee requested that the Committee on Infractions reconsider the punishment, calling it “excessive” and an “abuse of discretion” and holy cow those are a lot of quotation marks in one paragraph. 

Turns out, the COI still feels the penalty is just. Per a release, the COI announced Wednesday it was standing by the nine-scholarship penalty. Boise State will still forfeit scholarships from 2011, this year and next year.

“While past infractions cases and their respective penalties are a part of the institutional memory of the Committee on Infractions when it tailors the penalties in a case, they do not provide a ‘one-size-fits-all’ measure of whether a penalty is fair and appropriate,” the COI stated in its report. “Each case – and the fairness of the penalties imposed in each case – ultimately stands on their own facts.

You can read the entire release HERE.

Boise State self-imposed a three-scholarship reduction, effective last season, before the NCAA added six more that amount. BSU could appeal again to the to the Infractions Appeals Committee, but with one year left on the sanctions, it might not take further action.

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19 Responses to “Updated: Boise State accepts NCAA decision on penalty”
  1. MasMacho says: Oct 10, 2012 1:54 PM

    The should lose at least 3 scholarships for having a Blue football field.

  2. southernpatriots says: Oct 10, 2012 1:56 PM

    Some of this is downright silly. Impose scholarship reductions on BS for letting recruits sleep on the floor….my God! How horrible, would they have received the death penalty for these recruits sleepin in a bed in a hotel room? And don’t feed the young men either. So, maybe recruits should have been put out on the street and left hungry. That would have pleased the NCAA?

    “Holy cow” to borrow from Ben! When is the NCAA going to start emphasizing major violations and drop this petty stuff, like they promised? They need to make it retroactive as well.

    There is a mountain of things that fans can be upset with the NCAA about, a mountain. (such as their tendency to make molehills into mountains).

  3. pacific123ocean says: Oct 10, 2012 2:18 PM

    This is absolutely stupid! If Oregon, Miami, North Carolina, get the same or less, it will be time to blow up the NCAA.

  4. thraiderskin says: Oct 10, 2012 2:31 PM

    I truly feel bad for BSU, that isn’t how the NCAA should operate. I don’t know how a car ride, dorm food and sleeping on a floor is a threat to competitive balance. What is the point of taking violations on a case by case basis, if you’re going to hold something so minor in the same breath as something major? I guess it could have been worse, like vacating wins.

  5. eaglesooneru2 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:39 PM

    As an Oklahoma fan I can’t stand Boise but this is ridiculous and stoopid! What a joke the NCAA is. Meals and couches to sleep and transportation? Seriously. I imagine for every one of these so called “violations” that is reported and dealt with, there are 400 that aren’t.

  6. dmvtransplant says: Oct 10, 2012 2:58 PM

    It’s like Rich Rod said about the NCAA “their worried about parking ticktes, while some get away with bank robbery”.

  7. seabronco says: Oct 10, 2012 3:10 PM

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have seen in a while!

  8. tigersgeaux says: Oct 10, 2012 4:19 PM

    some great comments on the stupidity of the NCAA so far on this thread. Giving all but the first a thumbs up!

    dmvtransplant: Like my dad says, “Ain’t that the truth!”

  9. florida727 says: Oct 10, 2012 5:36 PM

    I think Boise State should offer roughly 10 new scholarships (give or take ONE) out of their General Fund and give them out to “outstanding young men who proved beyond doubt the unique ability to adjust to adverse travel and dietary conditions during adventurous visits to the outermost parts of the United States while participating in a sporting event that utilizes an odd-shaped sphere”. Maybe they could categorize it as an “Experimental Scholarship Program”, set to expire in 2014.

  10. mazblast says: Oct 10, 2012 5:54 PM

    If Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, or Notre Dame (among others) were guilty of such infractions, there’d probably be a pointed letter sent to them, requesting they not do it again, and that would be the end of it.

    “Each case – and the fairness of the penalties imposed in each case – ultimately stands on their own facts.” The number one fact seems to be who you are, not what you did.

    Boise State, not being among the Designated Elite, gets drilled. SSDD for the NCAA.

  11. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 10, 2012 7:37 PM

    ” from 2005-09 and totaled less than $5,000.”

    No greater case can be made for abolishing the NCAA.

  12. thraiderskin says: Oct 10, 2012 8:21 PM

    If athletic scholarships are yearly, could the best STUDENT-athletes transfer their athletic scholarships over to an academic scholarship that they qualify for?

  13. southernpatriots says: Oct 10, 2012 9:10 PM


    A great question. Some students/players may be able to do this, however, every academic scholarship I know of, does not include nearly what the athletic scholarships include. For instance, the athletic scholarships include a meal plan (3 meals a day, with special diets and huge amounts of protein and snacks!), cost of books and at-call tutors for every class and other perks that academic scholarships do not offer.

    Most academic scholarships include only tuition and other student fees, and may not include books. Most students under academic scholarship have to work (in the library, student union, etc.) to make ends meet. Athletic scholarship recipients usually have such a strange schedule of games, travel, and practices that holding a job is quite difficult, if not impossible.

    This information was obtained from my nephews, one of whom had a full academic scholarship and the other a full athletic scholarship and from their friends and others who have actual experience with one of the two types of scholarships.

    Academic scholarships are usually much less expensive for a university than athletic scholarships, which in the case of LSU are paid for by the LSU Athletic Department or actually the LSU football department, recent checks in the amount of millions. I would assume that such payments are made by other athletic departments to the general funds of the universities for athletic scholarships.

    So the athletic scholarships do not cost many universities much, if anything. Academic scholarships do cost the university. I am speaking only in immediate costs, not eventual costs and benefits provided by the recipients of academic scholarships or of athletic scholarships.

  14. hahapapa says: Oct 10, 2012 10:07 PM

    So if a recruit coming to Boise is forbidden to eat a burger and a night on the couch, what is the penalty for a Miami recruit for going on a boat ride with druggies and hookers worth ? Just curious ?

  15. 35longmiles says: Oct 11, 2012 7:11 AM

    And of course all the cane morons think that “nobody is talking” and that the NCAA has “nothing.” This story has these fools thinking that they will receive a similar penalty.

    WRONG! The NCAA will hammer your sorry program in a way not often seen. They have been camped out in your compliance office for a very long time. The list of transgressions is staggering. And it has largely been corroborated by sworn statements from multiple people and records as well.

    Stupid cane fan thinks that because Shapiro is a “scumbag criminal” that it makes the allegations flimsy when in fact it just makes all of your lawlessness that much more egregious.

    Rot in the depths of the NCAA cellar you cheating pieces of shit.

  16. imaduffer says: Oct 11, 2012 11:01 AM

    Totally agree with getting rid of the NCAA. As a matter of fact, get rid of all college sports and make them semi-pro teams. For example, in stead of the Texas Longhorns, it would be the Austin Longhorns or the Baton Rouge Tigers.

  17. olskool711 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:07 PM

    Is this about freshman sleeping on living room floors of upperclassmen so they can participate in an off-season conditioning program?

    Is this about foreign students accepting gas money from their home families?

    Or, is this about Jim Delaney and E. Gordon Gee getting what they want?

    Is this about making sure that schools like Michigan, Arkansas, and Virginia Tech get bcs bowls whether they deserve it or not? Is this about taking care of pot bellied bald guys and making sure their January strip club and golf trips are funded by tax exempt, non-profit, supposed community based organizations?

    Boise State and all other non AQ’s need to learn their place and if they don’t get in line then…

    This is what awaits you.

    Now GET IN LINE!

    Thanks Jim, Thanks Gordon, Thanks Hancock, and now thanks Emmert.

    Hey, its gonna be raining at the Spearmint Rhino for you guys this year!

  18. bamagirl33 says: Oct 12, 2012 12:25 AM

    Clearly NCAA’s punishment to Boise for busting the BCS.

  19. hahapapa says: Oct 12, 2012 12:49 AM

    Bamagirl33.. exactly.

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