By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Impermissible benefits and recruiting violations were the cause of the suspensions for Boise State football players Cedric Febis and Geraldo Boldewijn, the NCAA told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday.
Febis received a one-game suspension for “recruiting violations and impermissible transportation,” according to an e-mail response from Emily Potter, the NCAA assistant director of public and media relations.
Boldewijn received a four-game suspension for receiving $700 in impermissible benefits, including a car and driver’s insurance coverage. He repaid the $700 to the charity of his choice, Potter said. Boldewijn will make his 2011 debut Friday night at Fresno State.
Boise State has requested the reinstatement of a third player, defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, but the NCAA “is waiting for the university to provide additional necessary information to complete the case,” Potter said. No details of his case were provided.
All three players are from Amsterdam but played high school football in Boise while staying with host families.
Potter points out that Boise State was required to declare the players ineligible when it learned that NCAA violations had occurred and request reinstatement from the NCAA. The NCAA staff reviews each athlete’s reinstatement request individually.
Earlier this year, two Miami players were suspended for four games each for receiving benefits valued at slightly more than $700.
“The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff considers a number of factors including the student-athlete’s responsibility for the violations, if a significant competitive advantage was gained and any mitigating circumstances presented by the school,” Potter said, “and guidelines for the type of violations and value of benefits, among other factors.”
Boise State has not provided any details on the three cases, but indicated it would put out a statement this week.
Last month, in an interview with Brian Murphy, Boise State president Bob Kustra suggested that the case revolved around behavior of boosters.
“What we have to make sure we do very well here is educate our boosters and make sure that they understand what boosters can and cannot do,” Kustra said when asked about the three Dutch players. “That will be an important component of moving forward, that we not just spend time working with coaches and not just spend time working with student athletes, but that we work with boosters as well to help them understand that it’s hands off when it comes to certain kinds of behavior that they may have been accustomed to in earlier years when this was a small program and the NCAA rules were different. That’s no longer the case in this world that we live in.”
Boise State issued a release Wednesday evening that provided some additional details:
— Boldewijn’s $700 penalty was for impermissible use of a 1990 Toyota Camry with 177,000 miles and driver’s insurance coverage.
— Febis paid a $20 penalty to charity, representing the value of his impermissible benefits.
— In each case, Boise State, the Mountain West and the NCAA have concluded that the violations involved are secondary (“isolated and inadvertent”), so no major case proceeding will result from the investigation.
— The case began on Aug. 23. The NCAA called Boise State and informed the school of alleged violations involving the three Dutch players. Boise State was directed to investigate, and did so immediately. All three players were found to have received impermissible benefits.
USA Today did a story on the possible conflict of interest for athletic directors whose bonuses are tied to the success of the football program. The story uses former Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier as an example.