Boise State Forfeits Football Scholarships for Tennis, Track Violations

Boise State University will forfeit three football scholarships over the next two years as part of self-imposed sanctions for National Collegiate Athletic Association rules violations that extended to the school’s men’s and women’s tennis and track and field programs.

The NCAA, the governing body of college athletics, said Boise State coaches committed 22 violations in those sports from 2005 to 2010. Boise State imposed penalties in advance of its June 10 hearing with the NCAA Infractions Committee, which could assess further discipline.

Boise State cut three one-year football scholarships over the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The Broncos, who had a 26-1 record over the past two years, will also give up three practices before their season-openers against Georgia in 2011 and Michigan State in 2012.

The women’s tennis program lost three scholarships, reduced its practice time, vacated wins involving ineligible players and will be fined $5,000 for undisclosed rules violations.

The school and NCAA didn’t disclose the nature of the violations. The Associated Press said the infractions ranged from coaches arranging summer housing and transportation for potential football players to tennis and track athletes getting impermissible meals and housing.

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