The latest team to be hit with penalties for violations? Everyone’s favorite Smurf-turfed BCS-busting darlings, Boise State.
The Broncos have finally received the run down on their punishment for secondary violations, primarily dealing with impermissible housing and transportation arrangements for prospective recruits or those living on campus before the start of the semester. The brunt of the penalties were felt by the women’s tennis and track teams, but the football team was also found to be in violation of NCAA rules.
1) Three years of probation ending on Sept. 12, 2014
2) Three lost scholarships (from 85 to 82) for each academic year from 2011-12 to 2013-14 — Boise had already self-imposed the penalty for this year.
3) Three fewer preseason practices for the 2011 and 2012 seasons and three fewer spring contact practices in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Associate SEC commissioner and NCAA COI member Gregory Sankey said the committee chose to go beyond Boise’s self-imposed sanctions because the violations took place over multiple years.
Boise State President Bob Kustra disagreed: “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,” Kustra said in a statement.
Still, if the penalties seem relatively minor, they are. Boise State’s violations hardly register compared to those at Ohio State, North Carolina, Miami and several other big-name programs, which leaves some wondering why the NCAA felt the need to punish Boise State at all.
There’s an argument to be made that all violations deserve punishment, no matter how minor. And if the Broncos continue their ascent in college football’s major conference dominated landscape, they’ll continue to face increased scrutiny.
Still, if the NCAA feels the need to drive home a point in Boise, they better be ready to drop the hammer at the U, and then rethink their policies across the board. Because at this stage, it seems nearly everyone is guilty of something, and the NCAA simply can’t keep up.