Boise State University has officially responded to NCAA allegations regarding 22 student athlete rule violations from 2005-2010 in the sports of football, men's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and one major violation concerning women's tennis.
The NCAA requested an internal investigation by Boise State in March of 2009. BSU formally responded on April 25, 2011. That response says that Boise State discovered a total of 81 violations, all considered to be minor or secondary according to the NCAA except for one.
A serious violation occurred in women's tennis when a prospective player was allowed to compete in intercollegiate athletics before enrolling in school. The head coach at the time was Mark Tichenor. The school says it's investigation found that the player was given cash along with other benefits. Tichenor and an assistant were fired in November.
Boise State also reported that there were 63 violations in football, all considered to be minor by the NCAA. The violations involved incoming student athletes who were given impermissible meals, transportation, or housing by current student athletes prior to enrolling at Boise State. All of those athletes have reimbursed the university for their expenses, totaling $4,934, according to a release from the Boise State athletic department.
The investigation also revealed that the track and field team and men's tennis team had committed 12 other minor or secondary violations.
"I am disappointed that we face these allegations. It is unacceptable, and the athletic department staff understand and agree with my position," Boise State President Bob Kustra said.
In response to the violations, the university has hired a new Executive Director of NCAA Compliance who will report to President Kustra.
"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," said Kustra. "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."
"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 NCAA Committee on Infractions will review the action taken by Boise State on June 10th. A final report is expected to take months. Sanctions could possibly involve the loss of scholarships in one or more of the involved sports.