BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The NCAA has rejected an appeal from Boise State and is standing by its decision that the football program must reduce the number of scholarships it hands out this season and the next.
The Division I Committee on Infractions announced the decision Wednesday and in the process rejected an appeal filed by the school stemming from a broader package of sanctions handed down by the NCAA last year.
As part of the penalty package, the NCAA ordered the football program to cut scholarships from 85 to 82 for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. The school had already self-imposed the scholarship reduction for last season.
Still, Boise State lawyers argued that the scholarship sanction was excessive, especially when compared to past infraction cases investigated by the NCAA.
But NCAA officials denied that the Boise State case has direct comparison to any past cases.
"While past infractions cases and their respective penalties are part of the institutional memory of the Committee ... when it tailors the penalties in a case, they do not provide a 'one-size-fits-all' measure of whether a penalty is fair and appropriate," the committee said in its report.
"Each case — and the fairness of the penalties imposed in each case — ultimately stands on their own facts," the report stated.
The decision upholding the sanctions is the latest twist in the case in which the NCAA found a lack of institutional control.