NCAA: Recruiting violations led to BSU suspensions

NCAA: Recruiting violations led to BSU suspensions

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by Associated Press and KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 7:54 PM

BOISE -- NCAA officials say improper benefits and recruiting violations led to the suspensions of two Dutch-born Boise State football players.

The NCAA issued a statement Wednesday outlining the reasons behind the one-game suspension for Bronco safety Cedric Febis and the four-game suspension for receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.

KTVB confirmed an investigation of defensive lineman Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe is still pending.

NCAA officials say Febis was penalized for "recruiting violations and impermissible transportation."

Boldewijn was penalized after receiving $700 in illegal benefits, including a car and driver's insurance coverage. He has repaid those benefits and is eligible to play this week when the No. 5 Broncos travel to Fresno State.

All three players are from Amsterdam and played football at Boise-area high schools before enrolling at Boise State.

Boise State has released the following statement regarding the eligibility of the Dutch football players:

"Boise State sophomore wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn has been reinstated by the NCAA and is eligible to play for the Broncos on Friday (Oct. 7) against Fresno State.  Boldewijn was officially reinstated on Sept. 30 following a $700 reinstatement penalty and a four-game withholding penalty.  The monetary penalty was for impressible use of a 1990 Toyota Camry with 177,000 miles and driver’s insurance coverage.  Boise State had voluntarily withheld him from the first three games of the 2011 season, and his four-game penalty was completed when he was withheld from the Oct. 1 game against Nevada.  

Dutch-born players Cedric Febis and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe have also missed games this season due to questions relating to their eligibility.  Febis was reinstated on Sept. 14, after serving a one-game penalty and a making a $20 reinstatement penalty for recruiting violations and impermissible transportation.

A reinstatement request for Tjong-A-Tjoe has been made by Boise State, but the NCAA has not yet made a ruling and therefore he remains ineligible.  

While references have been made to the three players as a group, it is important to note that each case is reviewed on its own merits as a separate matter by the NCAA.  

In each case, the University, in conjunction with the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA, has concluded that the violations related to this matter are secondary in nature (defined as “isolated and inadvertent”).  Thus the NCAA has concluded that there is not a major infraction involved and no major case proceeding will result from this investigation.

On Aug. 23, eight days before the Bronco football team was scheduled to fly to Atlanta, Ga. for its first game of the season against the University of Georgia on Sept. 3, the University received a telephone call from the NCAA regarding alleged violations involving  Febis, Boldewijn and Tjong-A-Tjoe.  

Boise State was directed to conduct an appropriate investigation regarding the eligibility of the three student-athletes and report the findings to the NCAA.  The investigation began immediately following the telephone call from the NCAA.  It was ultimately determined that there were secondary violations of NCAA bylaws, and all three players were found to have received extra benefits in violation of NCAA regulations."

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