The NCAA gavel has dropped on Boise State, with the college athletics organization citing the university with several major infractions over a five-year period.
The violations of NCAA rules occurred in five sports, although the majority were found in women's tennis and both track teams, according to the official report released today. Many of the violations dealt with improper housing, travel, transportation and other expenses extended to student athletes and during recruiting, although some were as serious as a women's tennis player being allowed to compete a full year after the end of her eligibility. The football program was specifically noted for having violations involving 63 athletes from 2005-2009.
Former Boise State women's tennis coach Mark Tichenor was specifically cited in the report for unethical conduct and failure to monitor the program. A former assistant track coach was also cited for unethical conduct.
The Boise State football program was also cited for housing and transportation violations.
In a press conference following the official announcement of the report, Boise State President Bob Kustra said the university had been working with the NCAA and had taken several preemptive steps to show the school's commitment to correcting problems.
Among the most notable of these actions was the firing of former Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier in August.
Sanctions handed down include three years of probation, a one-year ban from post-season play by the women's tennis team, a loss of three football scholarships per year for three years and the forfeit of all wins by the ineligible female tennis player during a specific year.
For a full list of the violations and the sanctions, check out KTVB's report.