BOISE -- Boise State was cited for multiple violations in five sports over a five-year period, according to finding announced today by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.
The committee cited numerous major violations involving more than 75 prospects and student-athletes. The involved sports included football, men s and women's tennis, and men s and women's track and field from 2005 to 2010.
The majority of the violations found by the committee were agreed upon by the university.
Two weeks ago, BSU President Dr. Bob Kustra said that NCAA compliance issues are what led to the firing former Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier.
We defended the athletic program to the best of our abilities at the hearing and had hoped our self-imposed sanctions and corrective measures would be sufficient, said Boise State President Bob Kustra in a written statement. A number of decisions have been made since the beginning of the investigation that have demonstrated our commitment to the NCAA process. Boise State will have a diligent and meticulous approach to compliance, with a new level of leadership and accountability. The infractions and subsequent penalties have left us no margin for error going forward, and have changed the nature of oversight required.
Like Dr. Kustra, I was surprised by the findings. I am also disappointed, said Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen. However, it will not have an impact on our on-field efforts. At this time we are completely focused on winning Friday s game at Toledo.
Former BSU head women s tennis coach Mark Tichenor was cited for unethical conduct and failure to monitor his program.
The committee said under his tenure, the program provided prospective student-athletes with cash payments, educational expenses, entertainment lodging, transportation and practice sessions. One former BSU tennis player was also to compete one year beyond her eligibility.
Tichenor is said to have violated the principles of ethical conduct when he knowingly committed and failed to report NCAA violations. He is accused of encouraging others to provide false or misleading information to NCAA enforcement staff. His recruiting activity at any NCAA member school is restricted for four years.
A former assistant track coach found to have violated the ethical code of conduct. Additionally, multiple recruiting violations were found, including impermissible lodging, transportation, practice sessions, financial aid and cash payments. The former coach was cited for recruiting violations and providing false information to investigators.
The committee also cited recruiting, impermissible housing and transportation violations in the football program during the summers of 2005 through 2009. It noted that the football violations occurred over a lengthy period of time and involved 63 prospective student-athletes.
The committee found that the scope of nature of the violations demonstrate a lack of institutional control. Specifically, Boise State failed to establish an adequate compliance system to report NCAA rules violations with regard to impermissible housing, transportation and other benefits to prospective and enrolled student-athletes. The university failed to provide adequate rules education and training to staff members to ensure compliance. In addition, the university failed to monitor its program to deter, find and report instances of NCAA violations to the NCAA.
The penalties, some of which were self-imposed by the university and adopted by the committee, include:
- Public reprimand and censure.
- Three years of probation from Sept. 13, 2011, through Sept. 12, 2014. The public report further details the conditions of this probation.
- A one-year ban on postseason play following the 2011-12 women s tennis season.
- Reduction of football scholarships from 85 to 82 for the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
- Four-year show-cause order for the former women s tennis head coach from Sept. 13, 2011, through Sept. 12, 2015. The public report further details these conditions.
- Two-year show-cause order for the former assistant track coach. The public report details these conditions.
- Reduction of men s and women s track and field scholarships by 1.5 equivalencies from the average annual amount awarded the past four years during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years (self-imposed by the university).
- Reduction of women s tennis scholarships from eight to five during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years (self-imposed by the university).
- Reduction in practice opportunities for football, men s tennis and women s tennis (men s and women s tennis self-imposed by the university).
- Reduction of official recruiting visits for men s tennis, men s track and field and cross country, and women s track and field and cross country (self-imposed by the university).
- Reduction in number of recruiters permitted to recruit off-campus for six months during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years for men s and women s track and field and cross country (self-imposed by the university).
- Two-year prohibition in the recruitment of international prospective student-athletes for men s and women s cross country and track and field and women s tennis (men s and women s cross country and track and field self-imposed by the university).
- The institution must pay a $5,000 penalty as a result of a student-athlete s ineligible participation (self-imposed by the university).
- Vacation of all wins in which a particular women s tennis student-athlete participated in during the 2008-09 season, including any postseason competition, and the student-athletes individual records. The public report contains additional details.