NCAA upholds Boise State scholarship sanctions

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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After Boise State's appeal, the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee concluded in June that the scholarship penalty, in addition to Boise State's self-imposed sanctions, was excessive and teetered on an abuse of discretion. That committee sent the case back to the Committee on Infractions for reconsideration.

Boise State did not immediately respond to messages left Wednesday by The Associated Press. The school has the option of appealing Wednesday's decision.

Boise State — which is 4-1 this season, ranked No. 24 and takes on Fresno State on Saturday — has been dealing with the penalties despite the appeal process. The school imposed that scholarship reduction in 2011 and took the penalty again this year.

The infractions case focused on a series of violations involving more than 75 athletes and several men's and women's teams over a five-year period. Violations ranged from recruiting infractions to impermissible transportation and lodging, and prompted the departure of longtime athletic director Gene Bleymaier.

Since then, the university has bolstered its oversight and hired a new director of compliance. The school has also made changes to its student-athlete handbook and put new emphasis on education and awareness programs for athletes.



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