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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Boise State charged with lack of control - USA YESTERDAY

Boise, ID (Sports Network) - The NCAA has charged Boise State with lack of institutional control after finding alleged violations in multiple sports.
Most of the 22 allegations are minor, but the NCAA said that because of the severity of women's tennis violations, it chose to combine all the violations into a major violation. Other sports involved are football, men's tennis, and track and field/cross country.
The school is now required to attend a hearing with the NCAA infractions committee on June 10. The governing body's final report is expected to be released several months after that.
Boise State also responded to the NCAA's allegations Monday.
"Complying with NCAA rules is fundamental to who we are and how we do things at Boise State," said athletics director Gene Bleymaier. "We have addressed the issues and are working with the NCAA to bring this to a close."
The school faces the serious charge because of an alleged violation committed by women's tennis coaches.
A summary of the NCAA's inquiry said that in 2010, the head women's tennis coach and assistant coach provided a prospective student-athlete with "impermissible transportation, cash, lodging, educational expenses and entertainment."
The NCAA also said both coaches conducted illegal practice sessions with the prospect and allowed her to compete before she was enrolled. The coaches, who Boise State said were removed from their posts in November, have been charged with unethical conduct.
This violation, which was self-reported by the school after being committed in October 2010, led the NCAA to charge Boise State with lack of control.
That violation was discovered days before a summary disposition that would have essentially treated the other infractions as unintentional.
Boise State began an investigation in March 2009 at the NCAA's request, and through May 2010 self-reported some secondary violations in preparation for the summary disposition.
Most of the minor infractions center around transportation, housing and meals.
The NCAA alleged that in the summers of 2005-09, assistant football coaches and staff arranged housing and transportation in Boise for 63 prospective student-athletes so they could participate in valid workouts. The arrangements were made for free or at a reduced cost, and the benefits added up to $4,934, a figure determined by the NCAA.
The NCAA also alleged that between 2005-09, 16 prospective student-athletes in the other sports -- men's and women's tennis, and track and field/cross country -- received $718.26 worth of benefits.

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