In recent years, Boise State's athletic programs (primarily led by football) have achieved several firsts: BCS bowl appearances, Top 10 rankings and unprecedented national exposure. But on Friday, Boise State faces another first—one that could carry great consequences.
Officials with Boise State will be in Indianapolis, Ind., to appear before an NCAA committee, hoping to prove that in the wake of several admitted infractions, the university now has "institutional control."
A three-year probe uncovered a number of rules violations in football, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's tennis dating back to 2005. Most of the charges involved inappropriate housing, transportation and meals for student-athletes. All told, 79 athletes allegedly received services totaling more than $5,000. The majority were football players.
Self-imposed penalties have already included letters of admonition and loss of some scholarships. More penalties could be on the table if the NCAA Committee on Infractions rules that Boise State could use more controls.