Boise State Suddenly Has Big Boy Problems

Boise State’s pursuit of building big time athletic program has been pretty successful, especially on the football field. But in their pursuit of becoming a big time athletic department, they may have made some big time mistakes. And whenever a big time mistake is made by an athletic department of a university, the NCAA is there to wield their clueless hand of justice.

And from the looks of it, the clueless hand shall of justice is ready to wield punishment for the dreaded “lack of institutional control”.

Boise State responded Monday night to the NCAA regarding rule violations in football, men’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and a major violation in women’s tennis. The combination of several secondary violations and the major one has led the NCAA to allege a lack of institutional control within Boise State athletics.

An NCAA inquiry contained 22 allegations from 2005-2010 and asked for additional information from the university pertaining to each, according to a Boise State press release. The university formally responded April 25, and the NCAA Committee on Infractions will review the response June 10. A final NCAA report is expected to take several more months.

According to the Boise State release:

Boise State began an internal investigation in March 2009 at the request of the NCAA. Through May 2010, Boise State responded to the inquiry and self-reported some undiscovered secondary infractions in preparation for a summary disposition in which the university, NCAA enforcement staff and involved individuals agreed on the violations.

However, a new, serious violation in women’s tennis occurred in October 2010. Boise State removed those coaches in November. As a result of the new violation, the NCAA decided that the case would now be sent to the Committee on Infractions rather than the agreed upon summary disposition for less severe cases.

The majority of allegations involve 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.

In football, the NCAA determined that total dollar value over five years was $4,934 for all of the housing, transportation and meals provided to 63 incoming student-athletes. All services ranged from $2.34 to a maximum of $417.55 and have been reimbursed by the student-athletes. In tennis and track and field, the NCAA determined that 16 student-athletes had received extra benefits over the five years equaling a $718 value. Other small dollar excess benefits are also alleged in the notice. All these funds were reimbursed as well and all were donated to charity.

Additional allegations of NCAA violations include:

– From 2005-2008, track and field coaches conducted impermissible practice sessions for five international incoming student-athletes prior to enrollment.

In 2010, women’s tennis coaches provided an incoming student-athlete with impermissible educational expenses and entertainment, conducted impermissible practice sessions and permitted the athlete to compete prior to enrollment.

I guess it’s now official. Boise State has now hit the big time.

P.S. If Boise is stripped of anything, please let it be the blue turf

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