By Brian Murphy
Statement from Gene Bleymaier:
"I am very disappointed in President Kustra's decision to remove me from my position as Athletic Director here at Boise State. ... This is a job I truly love, and I had every hope and expectation that I would serve out my professional career here at Boise State University."
"I was told by President Kustra that his decision is predicated on the confidence level he believes he needs to have as President in the University's compliance operation during an NCAA probationary period. And, it is President Kustra's determination that this can best be accomplished with a new Athletic Director."
• Here is a story I wrote about Bleymaier after the NCAA case came out.
Boise State president Bob Kustra said he has decided to let go of athletic director Gene Bleymaier in the wake of the NCAA investigation into the Broncos' athletic department.
Bleymaier's final day will be Sept. 8, 2011.
"I did not come to this decision lightly. After a careful management review and discussions about the future of the program, I determined that new leadership will be needed as we commit ourselves to the highest level of attention and enforcement of NCAA standards, and also continue to move Boise State athletics to the next level of success," Kustra said in a release sent out by the school.
Bleymaier has been the Broncos' full-time athletic director since 1982 and has been instrumental in the Broncos' rise to prominence. He first conceived of the blue turf at Bronco Stadium.
Kustra promised a thorough review of the athletic department this summer as part of the school's response to allegations of NCAA rules violations.
"I'll be reviewing entire management structure in athletic department," Kustra said in May.
Full release from the school
Effective Sept. 8, 2011, longtime Boise State Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier will leave his post after more than 30 years of distinguished service to the university.
“Gene Bleymaier has been a driving force behind the achievements and growth of Boise State athletics for nearly 30 years. His dedication and guidance have been vital to the success of countless Bronco teams and student athletes,” said President Bob Kustra. “As Athletic Director, it was Gene’s inspiration that led to the signature blue turf at Bronco Stadium. During his tenure, Boise State has upgraded athletic facilities across campus, climbed the ladder in conference affiliation, and developed a nationwide following. On behalf of the entire Boise State community, I would like to thank Gene for his invaluable contributions to the University. The legacy that he has created will provide us with a solid foundation for many years to come.”
Bleymaier’s tenure as athletic director has been marked by an unwavering pursuit of success on the field, and a commitment to academic excellence in the classroom, with the Broncos becoming a consistent standout in academic performance rates (APR) and other academic measures.
President Kustra added, “I did not come to this decision lightly. After a careful management review and discussions about the future of the program, I determined that new leadership will be needed as we commit ourselves to the highest level of attention and enforcement of NCAA standards, and also continue to move Boise State athletics to the next level of success.”
An interim athletic director will be appointed, followed by a national search to fill the post on a permanent basis.
Here are some past stories about Gene Bleymaier:
Oct. 9, 2008: Gene Bleymaier extension includes big-game incentives
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