According to reports, the NCAA has provided the Boise State athletic program with a list of alleged violations which reaches across several of the school’s sports, including football.
The initial investigation of Boise State athletics by the NCAA began in 2009, through a probe which uncovered that 63 football players received illegal benefits for transportation, housing and meals totalling $4,934.
These monies have since been reimbursed, but due to violations in the women’s tennis program, the NCAA has determined Boise has a “lack of institutional control.”
This label in the past has led to more extensive sanctions for athletic programs including loss of scholarships, restricted recruiting budgets and bans from post-season play.
It will be interesting in coming months to see whether the NCAA actually has a deeper case against Boise, or if the improper benefits given to student-athletes were isolated incidents that have been resolved within the Boise athletic department.
It’s difficult for any fan of collegiate football–regardless of their allegiances– to deny that something seems odd about Boise’s sudden rise to the game’s elite from previously being an unknown.
This type of quick ascension always raises red flags with the NCAA.
The instances are too numerous to mention, but let’s just say it is very common.
Are the Boise State football program and head coach Chris Petersen guilty of improper recruiting tactics which helped them rise among the ranks of college football’s elite, or, are they a victim of an overzealous NCAA searching to crucify a non-traditional program that is disrupting the status quo?