By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State has suspended offense team manager Floris Mendonca from the program indefinitely, athletic department spokesman Max Corbet said Tuesday.
Mendonca is from the Netherlands and has ties to the three Boise State football players who have been sidelined while the school investigates their NCAA eligibility.
The school didn’t provide a comment on whether Mendonca’s suspension and the players’ eligibility are connected.
Mendonca’s job is a student position and he is receiving a scholarship for undergraduate studies.
The offense team manager works with the coaches in the office but also is able to help with drills at practice. It is not a coaching position and was added this year.
According to a story that appeared in the Idaho Statesman on Sept. 26, 2008, Mendonca attended Boise State’s football camp in 2005 with Cedric Febis. Febis, a senior safety, is one of the players whose eligibility is in question.
Mendonca returned home and began coaching football. In 2008, he brought 10 players to the Broncos’ summer camp. That group included defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn, who are now sophomores at Boise State and are the other two players in question.
Notably, the 2008 group also included Jeffrey Bediako, who plays at Idaho. The Vandals have no concerns about his eligibility, coach Robb Akey said.
Five of the 10 players Mendonca brought to Boise played for local high schools in 2008.
"It's a dream for them to come over here and get the chance to earn a scholarship," Mendonca told the Idaho Statesman in 2008. "If they stayed in Amsterdam, (college coaches) wouldn't see them. The most important thing for them is to have the chance to go out and fight for a scholarship. You never know what's going to happen."
The players, who are not exchange students, were required to obtain academic (F-1) visas, pay Boise School District tuition, meet eligibility requirements for the Idaho High School Activities Association and find host families before they arrived in mid-August of 2008, according to the Statesman story.
Mendonca became an assistant coach at Boise High in 2008.
He was Boise State's assistant video coordinator the past two seasons.