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Reports: BYU investigating impermissible benefits

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While details are scant, it appears another, some would say unexpected, football program could find itself — as neutered as they are — in the NCAA crosshairs.

First reported by Scott Garrard of 1280 the Zone in Salt Lake City and subsequently confirmed by‘s Brett McMurphy, the BYU athletic department is investigating allegations that Cougar football players were on the receiving end of impermissible benefits.  No specific players have been connected to the allegations, although one former staff member — Duane Busby, who left as Director of Football Operations in late March after 19 years with the program — has been mentioned in connection to what’s for now merely speculation.

That speculation includes the unnamed players receiving, the website Vanquish the Foe writes, “free or discounted housing, iPads, and free meals.” The Salt Lake Tribune wrote that Busby “provided heavily discounted or rent-free housing, free meals and other gifts to selected players he favored, mostly offensive players and skill players.”

The only statement from the school on the developments is that “BYU is aware of the allegations and has been conducting a thorough review of the matter.”

The next step will be for BYU, at the conclusion of its internal probe, to send those findings, along with any self-imposed sanctions, to the NCAA.  What The Association decides to do will depend on what’s contained in the report.

UPDATED 6:09 p.m. ET: From the Provo Daily Herald, addressing former BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman:

On 1280 the Zone radio station, Scott Garrard played a clip with an interview with Cody Hoffman’s manager, Sam Leaf, in which Leaf confirmed that Hoffman had been contacted “a couple of months ago” by BYU and asked to come in to answer some questions about possible improper benefits being given to certain players.

Leaf said Hoffman refused, saying he was focused on moving on to the NFL. Leaf said he was confident that Hoffman had not received anything illegal but Leaf had no comment when asked if Hoffman had heard of others who were involved.

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7 Responses to “Reports: BYU investigating impermissible benefits”
  1. mydixienormus says: May 21, 2014 5:51 PM

    We know they weren’t getting free beer…

  2. shaunodame says: May 21, 2014 6:00 PM

    I wonder if this is a violation of the Honor Code? (sarcastic font)

  3. mydixienormus says: May 21, 2014 6:02 PM

    Do you mean copulating with a minority? That would definitely be an honor code violation…

  4. sportsguy3434 says: May 21, 2014 6:57 PM

    So that’s how they put up 550 yds on the Longhorns…

  5. imaduffer says: May 21, 2014 7:23 PM

    Hope the NCAA doesn’t put them in the mission position.

  6. olskool711 says: May 22, 2014 11:20 AM

    Discounted housing, I Pads, free meals…

    As long as they didn’t do anything really serious to give them an unfair advantage, like having a freshman sleep on the floor of a run down apartment during summer weight training.

    That would be an offense worthy of “lack of institutional control” and would result in …

    Well, just google Boise State!


    Your Friends at the NCAA

  7. peddealer says: May 22, 2014 9:16 PM

    Ummm, Free IPads and free housing are a must for giving up post game poon tang …

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