Boise State football tried to fix summer housing issue, created more NCAA violations

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com
© 2011 Idaho Statesman

In 2009, after working with the NCAA to comply with its rules regarding summer housing of incoming football players, Boise State was forced to report 23 additional violations before the season opener with Oregon or face the possibility of using ineligible athletes and thus possibly vacating victories in the future.

Here’s how it happened (according to documents obtained by the Idaho Statesman):

On June 8, 2009: Boise State reported to the NCAA that several incoming football players over the previous four years “received housing and transportation” from current football players.

The incoming players were participating in summer workouts. Football coaches and staff members asked current players if they had a place for incoming players to stay. Rent and accommodations were handled between the incoming and current players.

The situation gave incoming players more flexibility than attending Boise State summer school since they could come and go based on their (and their families’) summer plans, Boise State coach Chris Petersen told school and NCAA enforcement staff.

“Petersen stated that he believed voluntary summer workouts were a benefit to the prospective student-athlete because the prospect could become acclimated to the institution and the football team,” Boise State writes in its roughly 1,500-page response to the NCAA.

“However, Petersen did not believe this was a competitive advantage for the football team because most true freshmen do not participate in intercollegiate competition during their first season.”

The football staff was surprised to learn that the summer housing arrangements were a violation.

In most cases, incoming players slept on a couch or floor. The 40 violations involved $4,934 in impermissible benefits, ranging from $2.34 to $417 for each individual. The money has been repaid and donated to charity, Boise State said.

From 2004 through 2008, the school did not monitor summer living arrangements for incoming players. In 2009, the compliance staff began requiring prospects to document their living arrangements.

As long as incoming players were not receiving free or reduced-cost housing, transportation or food, the Broncos thought they were in the clear.

In the summer of 2009, incoming players lived with current players and paid a full share of the rent. Boise State believed this was in accordance with NCAA rules.

However, in August, the NCAA told Boise State that if coaches had helped to arrange the summer housing, it was a violation.

“Forwarding the name of the student-athlete to the prospect constitutes an impermissible arrangement for a benefit that is not otherwise permissible for a prospect in this situation, even if the prospect pays the rent,” was the rule interpretation.

Boise State does not believe the interpretation is correct and said it was led to believe by the NCAA staff that the procedures in place were sufficient.

“The University was (and still is) surprised to learn that the NCAA enforcement staff was contending that violations occurred in the summer of 2009 based on the involvement of the football coaching staff when no extra benefit was received by the involved prospects,” the school writes in its defense.

But with the 2009 season about to start, Boise State faced a problem. It could report the 23 violations (that it did not believe were violations) and seek reinstatement for those players before the season or it could allow the student-athletes to compete and argue its case. If the Broncos lost that case, they would face “serious consequences” for allowing ineligible athletes to compete.

So Boise State self-reported an additional 23 violations on Aug. 31, 2009 — just days before the Sept. 4 game against Oregon, which Boise State won 19-8.

“The University remains troubled by the manner in which this portion of the investigation played out, and is genuinely perplexed as to how its coaches could be determined to have ‘arranged free or reduced-cost housing’ when no free or reduced-cost housing was ever provided,” Boise State writes.

As a result of the violations, Boise State will reduce its number of scholarships by three over the next two seasons and reduce by three the number of preseason practices before the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The NCAA Committee on Infractions can add to those penalties after Boise State's June 10 hearing in Indianapolis.

Summary of charge against football program:

• 2005: 2 incoming football players received $95.16 worth of impermissible housing and transportation.

• 2006: 8 incoming football players received $772.60 worth of impermissible housing and transportation.

• 2007: 17 incoming football players received $2,352.21 in impermissible housing and transportation.

• 2008: 13 incoming football players received $1,719.03 in impermissible housing and transportation.

• 2009: 23 incoming football players received full price housing arranged by football coaches and staff members.

Past stories

• NCAA: Boise State lacks institutional control

• Boise State imposes penalties on athletics as result of NCAA probe.

• Boise State plans to show it has control of its athletic department.

• The NCAA alleges major misconduct in the women's tennis program.

• Read Boise State's self-imposed sanctions. It starts midway down page 1.

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Whha??

How can a student athlete benefit by paying full rent to participate in summer workouts?

NCAA just nit-picking nothing

I think the NCAA has better things to do then this. Not like BSU were putting these new students up at the Hilton and feeding them at Chandlers.

So hypocritical

If another school - especially a rival - had done the same thing, you'd all be yelling about it and demanding 'justice' from the NCAA.

But, it's the Broncos, so no harm no foul, right? Better yet, a lot of you morons are now crying foul about BSU being targeted and picked-on. Bwahaha.

Rules are rules. Learn to follow them (no matter how 'small') or face the consequences.

You know, being able to look beyond the end of your own nose is a good thing...

Look around...

Its not just BSU fans, even the hosts on College Football live think these charges are rediculous.

Congrats on D-Bag of the year!

What a guy! Claiming that if the Vandulls had done the same things that the Bronco fans would be demanding justice is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. You obviously have been living under a rock and just crawled out to spew your ignorant statement. Please educate yourself and read the blogs on ESPN, Sporting News, Fox Sports, SI, CBS Sports, and NBC Sports. College Football analysts, bloggers, and fans from all over the country are calling this move by the NCAA ridiculous. Most of them are not Bronco fans, by the way. You, sir, are brilliant!

Amen

Today alone, Ive read countless opinion pieces by respected national columnists, blogs by fans of other teams, and posts by fans of major football universities, and all have found this to be beyond petty. The people that have a problem with it are the SAME bitter detractors. Vandal fans, Duck fans and Brian Murphy. And if I can find a column written somewhere by Graham Watson, she can be included.

Its pathetic that Murphy cant actually defend the Broncos on this minus a 2 sentence tweet no one gets. I mean Matt Hayes of Sporting News can but heaven forbid Murphy, WHO GETS PAID TO WRITE HIS OPINION ABOUT THE BRONCOS, actually upsets anyone who detests the Broncos.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2011-05-03/ncaa-befuddles-with-boise-state-football-violations

http://www.burntorangenation.com/2011/5/4/2152854/boise-state-violations-institutional-control-ohio-state-jim-tressel

You're right

and maybe some day you'll be able to look past your hatred of Boise State and see the big picture. After all, being able to look beyond the end of your own nose is a good thing.

If a rival (even if it was Idaho) had done these things, I'd have the same opinion - except for the violations by the women's tennis coaches, this whole thing is ridiculous. By the same token, had Boise State paid Kellen Moore $180,000 to attend school or if Coach Pete was covering up the illegal sale of gear by the players, my reaction would be that Boise State needed to pay the full price for a lack of integrity.

Do you always paint (poorly) with such a broad brush?

I still hate BSu, but...

...this is ridiculously stupid.

'“Forwarding the name of the student-athlete to the prospect constitutes an impermissible arrangement for a benefit that is not otherwise permissible for a prospect in this situation, even if the prospect pays the rent,” was the rule interpretation.'

Seriously? The NCAA doesn't have anything better to do?

Hey Teke

We've missed ya man.

If this would have happened to any other school in the nation I would be saying the same thing you are. Some of these big schools are laughing today knowing they get hotel rooms and cars to drive during summer workouts while the blue collared Boise St. guys sleep on a crusty college couch and "bum" a ride to workouts.

Having fun with it, though...

I'm certainly taking advantage of wildly exaggerating things and I'm not above just making stuff up to harass my Bronco friends, but realistically I think Pete probably runs a pretty good program. I can't stand the admin, and won't cheer for them, but can't say too many bad things about Pete...well, I guess I can, but again...I make stuff up. ;-)

Bravo!

You are great example of what a rival should be. It is all about giving each other a hard time, poking fun, and "making up stuff". It makes things fun and entertaining. We do not have to stoop to denigrating each other.

I feel the same way about U of I. I respect Akey and what he has brought to the Vandal program. I still enjoy jabbing you guys with an occasional "Vandulls" reference or talking smack about the Kibbie Dome but there is no animosity towards y'all. As a resident of Idaho, my taxes contribute to both schools so it is nice to see both succeed.

Oh_Shut_Up_Some_Guy

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You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

O "freakin" U has the best football team money can buy

You think others aren't supporting their players? !!

Dumber and dumber

This just keeps getting dumber. We had a violation, we fixed it, and NCAA finds a new interpretation to constitute a violation. You can't tell me BSU didn't run the new practice by the NCAA when they instituted it.

So aggravating!

Time for an overhaul

The NCAA rules are so arcane and complex that I'd be surprised if every college and university in the country wasn't in violation of something every year. The fact that a school the size of Boise State requires a compliance staff ought be enough of an indication that the NCAA needs to come up with a more rational and pragmatic system of rules.

The NCAA isn't just some governing body that's detached from its subjects - it is made up of representatives of the very institutions that it regulates. So how hard could it be to fix the system?

I know, I know, this is the same organization that thinks the BCS is a "good thing". Still...

In the meantime, the system still doesn't reallydeal with people

the likes of Cecil Newton and others. I realize these complicated rules come about as a result of those who constantly try to find a way around the existing rules, but it seems they could come up with some simpler rules and focus on violations of the major stuff.

ironic

And yet when it comes to determining a national champion in football, completely hands off. go figure.

Not a Bronco fan...

...but most of this stuff is innocent crapola. In their (pathetically ineffective) effort to make sure Big Ten boosters aren't slipping Benjamins to recruits, the NCAA makes it almost impossible to treat people properly. If the wrong person gives a ride or buys a meal at Wendy's, it is a "minor violation."

While some technical rules were likely broken, they are bad rules. Boise State is going to get whacked because incoming freshmen were sleeping on an upperclassman's couch during summer practice, while the NCAA does nothing as the SEC buys and sells players? That is a enough horse manure to bury Indianapolis right there. The NCAA is the problem.

Go Vandals.

SandbaxSix is wise

Now heres a fan of another team who has common sense. Great post. I wish the NCAA would get the same logic.

I'm not sure...

...that logic exists in the universe the NCAA operates in, given their track record. I'm guessing their are lots of purple ponies and cotton candy trees, though.

fire all of those dirty coaches

come on petey to whom are you kidding get another job in anoter line of work you cheater

one more thing petey

you knew the rules go go away

one more thing petey

you knew the rules go go away

Speaking of rules

How about you address the U of I tradition of enrolling felons as "student athletes" and the number of drug (alcohol, prescription and other) arrest that are swept under the rug in Moscow and the surrounding area to keep them elegible.
Come to think of it, how about the tradition of assaulting visiting players and fans with objects from the stands during and after games in the tiny tent.

Other than the year

Erickson brought in the Folsom work release gang, which Akey escorted out of town, Idaho has done a pretty decent job with recruits. Please back up your claim.

You can't? then sit down............

$2.34!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NCAA this is a joke! Look around the US and see how many support this. $2.34 pretty much says it all.

They said it was a meal

How can you get a meal for $2.34? I guarantee you every school around the country is saying "uh oh" today. This is beyond ticky tack and petty. I dont know how the NCAA can become any less credible but this helps.

Didn't anybody think about . . .

the main article sez, en parte, attrib to Coach Pete: "The situation gave incoming players more flexibility than attending Boise State summer school since they could come and go based on their (and their families’) summer plans, Boise State coach Chris Petersen told school and NCAA enforcement staff.

“Petersen stated that he believed voluntary summer workouts were a benefit to the prospective student-athlete because the prospect could become acclimated to the institution and the football team,” Boise State writes in its roughly 1,500-page response to the NCAA.

Wow - how absolutely stupid to let nonenrolled 'prospective' recruits practice with officially enrolled 'players', using BSU facilities and resources (less coaches presence). It is like letting anybody that is nonenrolled at BSU do it - any average citizen or passerby.

What about the tort liability and risk exposure ramifications, if any of those 'prospective' recruits (nonenrolled incoming players) got seriously injured? Does BSU's medical insurance coverage provided to enrolled real Bronco players, extend to cover any nonenrolled person who is practicing with the official enrolled team members. I am betting it does not. I would love to read the policy.

Murphy, maybe you could get that from BSU on a FOIA, and let us know what it says?

Were any nonenrolled 'prospective' recruits injured to the point of requiring medical care during this 5 year time period in question? Did BSU's medical insurance provider EVER pay off any claim by any medical provider for any nonenrolled 'prospective' recruit that was practicing with the official team? If no - no problem. If yes - did any 'fraud by deception' ocurr?

I just can't believe how stupid and poorly thought through it was to let nonenrolled 'prospective' recruits practice on BSU facilities with the official Bronco football team - regardless of any NCAA violations/infractions.

Where are the BSU Risk Management people? Does BSU even know what Risk Management is?

VNDL

Its a fair question VNDL

It doesnt make it right, but you have to think most schools do the same thing. I remember taking visits and messn around in the gym, weight room etc...and that was before I was "officially enrolled". It was also before ever signing a LOI.

JLandon

I see this entire mess in three distinct parts:

1. The NCAA allegations against the football team are petty and garbage and they should not have been rolled up with the women's tennis team violations. Kustra had Coach Pete be the Lead Man in public to take this Crap Storm head on - whn it was the women's tennis team that was the culprit. Why wasn't Gene the Lead Man - he hired the women's tennis coaches to begin with. BSU has done a very poor job separating the real issue (women's tennis team violations) from the petty issue (BSU fotball team stuff) and has basically contributed to the public's misguided perception that this is all about BSU football, when it is not.

2. The women's tennis team allegations are serious stuff. BSU fired the coaches as a result, but I want to know more about the money involved (where did it come from), the player involved (who is it and where did she come from and is she still at BSU on the women's tennis team), the unidentified volunteer coach (who is it and what relationship to BSU does he/she have), and who are the Todd and Dee Millers and how deeply involved were they?

3. While the allegations against the football team are petty and any resulting violations of NCAA rules are not the work of eveil nefarious intent by any football coaches; I do question the wisdom of having allowed nonenrolled 'prospective' recruits to have used BSU practice facilities and resources to practice with the official enrolled student Bronco team. If you or I were running stairs as a 'prospective' and rolled an ankle to the extent of requiring serious medical care; would BSU have paid our medical bils (X-rays, examination, and etc). I think not, because we would not have been nonenrolled students - having not paid into any medical insurance pool premium. This risk exposure to BSU bothers me waaaaaay more than the petty NCAA allegations.

VNDL

"Athletics Participation Clearance Form"

VNDL,

Each prospective student-athlete is required to complete an "Athletics Participation Clearance Form" before prospects were allowed to participate in summer workouts.

-- murph

Murphy

Yes. Is it a 'hold harmless' agreement - where the prospective understands that BSU is not liable nor responsible for any medical care?

Does it state that BSU will assume liability for covering any ensuing and necessary medical costs resulting fom any injuries sustained during the 'voluntary' practices, while not being an actual enrolled student at BSU? Does the agreement/policy between the insurance carrier and BSU also, agree that insurance will be extended to nonstudents/citizens on BSU property, that have not contributed per enrollment fees, into the insurance pool?

Murph: I would be interested in reading this doc@ment. Could you scan it or provide a link to it so we know what the actual rules of the game are between BSU and 'prospectives' when it comes to any liabilities or responsibilities or either party?

Thanx in advance.

VNDL

PS - I had a similar doc@ment when I owned a gypo logging compay outside Idaho City. Before we dropped any trees for homeowners, I had them sign a doc@ment (basically a hold harmless) relieving me of any liability/responsibility for any damage to their homes or property. Standard stuff in most business/public institutions.

I wondered...

...how that worked. It was the one part of this (on the football side, anyway) that I thought genuinely smelled a little fishy. Thanks for the clarification.

Pretty pathetic...

Meanwhile, the NCAA looks the other way for 5 years while USC gives out half a million in benefits to Reggie Bush and other players and they didn't even try to hide it. The only reason the NCAA even went after USC was because there was a federal investigation and they had no choice.

nation and petey

please please please go away

re: nation and petey

out side of boise they have.... :-)

anyway....

Each individual claim is small and petty... however when it is 63 violations it adds up. I think that is what the NCAA is looking at. Along with the Tennis issue etc... it shows a lack of control in the Athletic Department. It is true the football program is wrong and if it was this alone would it be this big of a deal? NO. However since it is a part of the larger picture it has to be dealt with.
The beloved bsu team is wrong... they broke the same rule that all other football teams are governed by. Same thing with the SI report on criminals in college football - same rules same guidelines etc... and in both of these bsu has been shown to have less than stellar credentials. I think that is the part everyone in Boise is having a hard time with... after saying how amazingly honest and ethical the bsu program is and that they do not conduct themselves in the way other programs do - the program has been shown to have as many if not more violations / issues (big or small) than other programs in the NCAA.
Question... if this is the stuff the NCAA has found, I wonder what has yet to be found - hmmmm
Again I think the lesson to be learned is to not judge other programs and players and use the bsu program as a measuring stick when it is apparent bsu comes up short in so many ways....

Hopefully

those certain BSU fans who were gleefully commenting ad nauseum last spring about Oregon's "out of control" program have learned a little bit about glass houses.

No college football program is perfect and if the NCAA looks hard enough they can find problems. Unfortunately in this case multiple programs are involved, and that could prompt the NCAA to bring the hammer down on everybody due to lack of institutional control.

The good that will come of this is BSU's compliance office will be beefed up to a more appropriate level. Even three compliance officers seems a little thin, though. You need an army of those guys to stay in the clear with the NCAA, and they need to be actively involved with all of the coaches.

nation go away goodbye

a great day for bronco nation

nation go away goodbye

a great day for bronco nation

Here is an Athletics Participation Clearance Form

I know it is a high school and not BSU's, but my point is an Athletics Participation Clearance Form is nothing more than a Hold Harmless Agreement:

http://www.drakeathletics.org/library/files/drakeathletics/files/Athletic%20Participation%20Clearance%20Form.pdf

Maybe on BSU's form, it says BSU will assume all liability and risks associated with a nonenrolled 'prospective' football player practicing football with enrolled official football players, should any physical injuries occur and pay for any/all medical expenses associated with the care and rehabilitation of said injury to nonenrolled 'prospective' players?

Any of you guys think it does? What say you?

VNDL

NCAA

Yegods! Giving a player a ride from the airport is a violation? Total
Idiocy! NCAA needs an investigation of itself.

BSU is bigtime football now.

BSU is bigtime football now. Top 25 in criminals, lack of institutional control, right up there with the Ohio States and Auburns of college football.

goofball

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Cup Cake State your self

Cup Cake State your self righteous nature has come back to bite you in the arse.....you and your coaches know the rules.....and if you don't you ask...

Cup Cake State tried to willfully skirt the rules.....and opps your busted....once busted it doesn't matter how much the value of the violations its still cheating.... and the cheaters must pay....its such a stupid item to not pay attention to......it makes you wonder about the intellect of those in leadership positions.

LMFAO........AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

You sound like you ...

talk like a grown up.

petey ignorant about the rules or a goodactor

go back home wherever you grew up

petey ignorant about the rules or a goodactor

go back home wherever you grew up

Daaham... I knew Oregon had something to do with this.

St.Petey don'tchu say it's true.

We had another burglary in Eugene.

They were able to track him down cause he was wear'n dayglo socks.