Friday, August 12, 2011

Boise Looking for a NEW AD

Here is something you don't hear very often when the NCAA is investigating a potential violation (via ESPN.com):

"The women's tennis team lost three scholarships for 2011 and in 2012, was fined $5,000 and has had practice time reduced. The team will also vacate all wins and records for matches involving an ineligible player during the 2008-09 season."


It's things like this that caused long-time Boise State Athletic Director, Gene Bleymaier, to be axed as the Broncos AD. Despite having a relatively stable athletic program over the years, Boise has been under fire for some recent violations. Here is a short list of the NCAA investigations into Boise's athletic program:
  • Football violations occurring between 2005 and 2008. The school had already self-imposed some penalties, including reduced practice time and a few reduced scholarships
  • the aforementioned women's tennis team sanctions AND eliminating the men's tennis coach's bonus pay
  • The track-and-field team was also under the gun. The school has self-imposed some recruiting restrictions for the upcoming years.

ALL of this said, with the exception of the tennis team, the violations in question are all secondary violations, which is not an uncommon practice by athletic programs (like when I saw Matt Stafford at a Falcons game using tickets given to him by Jay Cutler). The tennis team's problems were Boise's first major violations (there were players getting paid and ineligible players playing matches). Personally, I still think the school president, Bob Kustra, jumped the gun a wee bit. 

In reality though, I'm just hoping this is some kind of gigantic distraction for Boise's football team over the next three weeks. We still need any help we can get.



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