BOISE, Idaho – Boise State announced Tuesday it will appeal the additional sanctions the NCAA committee on infraction imposed on its football program.
The school said it has informed the NCAA of its intentions to appeal specifically the football portion of the sanctions. The school is accepting the remaining punishment placed on the school’s tennis and track programs.
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When the sanctions were announced earlier this month, Boise State president Bob Kustra said Boise State’s rapid growth over the past decade, from an upstart Division II program into a perennial Top 25 team, likely outstripped the school’s capacity to keep tabs on compliance with NCAA rules.
Kustra, who fired former athletic director Gene Bleymaier in August, said he’d hoped the self-imposed sanctions would have been enough to avoid probation.
Boise State’s self-imposed sanctions in its official response to the NCAA included reduced scholarships for one year and fewer preseason practices.
The NCAA added scholarship reductions from 85 to 82 through the 2014 school year and limited contact during spring practice citing the long period the violations occurred.
In football, Boise State was cited for football staff members arranging inadmissible summer housing and transportation for 63 prospective student-athletes from 2005 to 2009.
The school has made changes to its compliance office, now making it part of the president’s office instead of the athletic department. Boise State has also hired a search firm to help in finding a new athletic director to replace Bleymaier.
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