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Boise State dealing with NCAA infractions

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Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 1:09 am

Boise State acknowledged Monday it has been dinged with 22 NCAA violations.

The school has officially responded to the findings, varying from a major infraction by the women’s tennis team to minor violations for football, men’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field teams.

Boise State said in a release published on its website Monday that once the NCAA found 22 allegations from 2005-2010, the school responded to the violations and it also began its own internal review in March 2009.

A final NCAA report will take several more months, according to Boise State.

“I am confident we have responded thoroughly to the NCAA. Our internal review was comprehensive and our response was very detailed. We will continue to provide our full cooperation,” Boise State president Bob Kustra said.

“We are deeply committed to following all NCAA rules and to ensuring that our athletic department works diligently so that our procedures reflect the highest standard,” Kustra continued. “I am disappointed that we face these allegations. It is unacceptable, and the athletic department staff understand and agree with my position.”

Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier added: “Complying with NCAA rules is fundamental to who we are and how we do things at Boise State. We have addressed the issues and are working with the NCAA to bring this to a close.”

Boise State self-reported secondary violations and, in Oct. 2010, a serious violation took place by the women’s tennis team, prompting the NCAA to “allege if there is a lack of institutional control within Boise State athletics,” the Boise State release stated.

What happened?

FOOTBALL: A total of $4,934 went towards the housing, transportation and meals of 63 incoming student-athletes, according to the NCAA. In other words, non-enrolled student-athletes were provided a place to sleep, often on a couch or floor, according to the school, a car ride, or was provided free food by an existing student-athlete. All funds have been reimbursed by the student-athletes, according Boise State.

TENNIS AND TRACK & FIELD: The NCAA determined 16 student-athletes received extra benefits over the five years, totaling  $718. All funds have been reimbursed and donated to charity, according to Boise State. From 2005-2008, track and field coaches conducted impermissible practice sessions for five international incoming student-athletes prior to enrollment.

WOMEN’S TENNIS:  According to the school, women’s tennis coaches provided an incoming student-athlete in 2010 with impermissible educational expenses and entertainment, conducted impermissible practice sessions and permitted the athlete to compete prior to enrollment.

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