The NCAA Committee on Infractions came out with its Boise State report today, and the Broncos avoided the hammer. There were no postseason bans or death penalties or suspensions or vacated wins. Just a few more scholarship reductions and practice forfeits. CBS Sports has the details, which can be summarized thusly:
- Probation for the next three years
- Three fewer scholarships from now through the 2013-2014 academic year
- Three fewer practices this season and next, and three fewer contact practices in the spring through 2014.
Other than that, I think we can finally put CouchGate behind us and the NCAA can move on to bigger and better things like the Sodom and Gomorrha that is Miami football.
Check this post throughout the afternoon for updates and reaction from around the 'Net.
Update: There are updates. After the jump.
Got 30 minutes to kill? Here is the full pdf version of the NCAA report. It is 73 pages long. No pictures.
Reason for additional football sanctions: Couch longevity
In the conference call explaining the Bronco infractions, the NCAA implied that the stiffer sanctions on scholarships and practices were due to the five-year length of Boise State's violations. Curse those Aero-Insta Beds and their five-year warranties!
But what about the Dutch?!?!
Three Boise State players who hail from Amsterdam have fallen under the NCAA's occasionally watchful eye, which raises an important question: If these Dutch players are indeed found guilty of - I don't know - being Dutch or something, will this mean Boise State has broke its probation?
No. According to Chadd Cripe, the Dutch case would not be considered a repeat violation since it occurred before today's date. Any violations from today forward will count.
Also, that conference call sounded like a real snooze.
So to summarize the NCAA call, they read us the report, then answered our questions by directing us to the report.
The complete list of Boise State penalties
Chadd Cripe and gang have collected all the Boise State penalties handed down by the NCAA, some of which have already happened, some of which are kinda weird, and the majority of which are about the women's tennis team. Read the full story at the Statesman. Here are the interesting ones, with some commentary.
- Public reprimand and censure.
- Three year probation, beginning today.
- One-year ban on postseason play for women's tennis, following the 2011-2012 season.
- Reduction in football scholarships from 85 to 82 for the next three years. Boise State had self-imposed a three schollie reduction already, so the additional sanctions count for six more.
- Four-year "show of cause" for former women's tennis coach Mark Tichenor. This means that Tichenor will be largely unhireable for the next four years, presumably because he has to show employers his cause (a real attorney person might be able to help me out more with this one).
- Two-year "show of cause" for former assistant track coach Tom Shanahan.
- $5,000 penalty as a result of ineligible participation. This was self-imposed by the university and paid to ... Bill Hancock? Seriously, I have no idea.
- Vacation of all wins for women's tennis team in which the ineligible athlete appeared.
Expect these results to seriously impair our coverage of the Boise State women's tennis team.
CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel weighs in
Boise State slapped on the wrist by NCAA. And still I think Boise was hit too hard. News http://t.co/FkrQsMb
Doyel penned a lengthier piece about the inanity of the NCAA, a topic that is near and dear to all of our hearts today.
Boise State responds
The university issued a press release that went something like blah blah blah We'll do a better job blah blah This was surprising blah blah Toledo!
"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."
Win one for the public censure.
Do you think these additional sanctions are fair? Are you happy Boise State got away with nothing serious? Is it too soon to make women's tennis jokes like I've been doing? Share your thoughts in the comments.