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NCAA Inquiry: Summary of Boise State’s Self-Imposed Sanctions and Increased Efforts

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 8:47 am / May 4, 2011

The NCAA Infractions Committee hearing with Boise State is scheduled for June 10, 2011 in Indianapolis. The Committee hears the matter with the NCAA enforcement staff presenting the allegations and the University presenting its response to each allegation. After the hearing, the Committee determines what findings should be made and what penalties should be assessed. The Committee then issues an infractions report that contains its findings and the penalties. This document is released publicly at a press announcement that occurs anywhere from six weeks to several months after the hearing.

The proposed self-imposed Boise State sanctions/penalties are:

1) Public reprimand and censure;

2) Three years of probation with continuing enhancements of rules education and compliance monitoring;

3) With respect to football:

  • Reduce, by a total of three scholarships over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. The three can be taken in one year or spread out over the two (i.e. two in 2011 and one in 2012).
  • Reduce by three the number of practice opportunities prior to the first contests of the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
  • Letters of education were issued to the head football coach and the assistant coaching staff.

4) With respect to men’s tennis:

  • Reduce by three the number of practice opportunities prior to the first contests of 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
  • Reduce, from 20 to 18, the number of permitted countable athletically related activity during the 20-hour segments of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Reduce, from eight to six, the number of permitted countable athletically related activity during the remaining eight-hour segments of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • Reduce the number of official visits by prospective student-athletes during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years by one visit each year from the four-year average of 7.25, to a maximum of six.
  • Require the head men’s tennis coach to attend an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar in 2011
  • Letter of admonishment was issued to the head men’s tennis coach.

5) With respect to women’s tennis:

  • Reduce by a total of three scholarships over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • Reduce, from 20 to 18, the number of permitted countable athletically related activity during the 20-hour segments of the 2011-12 academic year.
  • Reduce, from eight to six, the number of permitted countable athletically related activity during the remaining eight-hour segments of the 2011-12 academic year.
  • Vacate of all wins and records for tennis matches in which certain ineligible student-athletes competed in during the 2008-09 academic year.
  • Impose a fine of $5,000 which will be paid by the University to the NCAA for impermissible competition while representing the institution.

6) With respect to men’s track and field:

  • Reduce by 1.5 (of 11.99) the number of scholarships over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • Reduce, from two to one, the number of recruiters permitted to recruit off-campus during six months (September, October, November, March, April and May) of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Reduce the number of recruiting opportunities from a maximum of seven to a maximum of five for all prospective student-athletes during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • Reduce the number of official visits provided to prospective student-athletes during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years by four from the four-year average of 20.
  • Prohibit, for a two-year period, the recruitment of international prospective student-athletes.
  • Prohibit, for a five-year period, prospective student-athletes from attending the Intensive English Program at Boise State.

7) With respect to women’s track and field:

  • Reduce by 1.5 (of 15.36) the number of scholarships over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.Reduce, from two to one, the number of recruiters permitted to recruit off-campus during six months (September, October, November, March, April and May) of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • Reduce the number of recruiting opportunities from a maximum of seven to a maximum of five for all prospective student-athletes during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • Reduce the number of official visits provided to prospective student-athletes during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years by four from the four-year average of 24.5 to a maximum of 21.
  • Prohibit, for a two-year period, the recruitment of international prospective student-athletes.
  • Prohibit, for a five-year period, prospective student-athletes from attending the Intensive English Program at Boise State.

8) Insitutional recertification through the President’s and Director of Athletics’ signatures that the current athletics policies and practices of the University conform to all requirements of NCAA regulations.

The University will appear before the Infractions Committee and present its case. It will also present the athletic compliance efforts currently underway in response to this situation. The University expects that its increased efforts will both mitigate the penalties issued by the NCAA as well as prevent any future violations. Those efforts include:

Adding additional compliance staff – The University hired a new Executive Director of NCAA Compliance and increased the duties of an existing compliance staff person. Thus the University has increased its compliance staff from 1.5 FTE to 3 FTE.  The University also added a compliance intern position as well.  The new Executive Director previously served as the Director of Compliance for Iowa State University and has experience in the Big 12 conference.

Changing the reporting relationship of the compliance office – The athletic compliance office no longer reports to the Director of Athletics.  The compliance office now reports to the President through the office of the General Counsel.

Enhancement of policies – The University has enhanced its existing written procedures for monitoring and certifying compliance with NCAA legislation.

Increased rules education – The compliance office, under the new Executive Director, is currently implementing new department-wide, and individualized, education programs designed to integrate a new level of NCAA rules education into the athletics department.

Compliance documentation – The compliance office is also implementing a new system for documenting rules interpretation requiring that all be documented through the use of electronic mail or hard copy.

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