State Journal: Booster Banned From ISU Games


An eastern Idaho man, presumably a fan of Idaho State University athletics, will have to do his cheering from home.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Matt Jolley, an ISU booster, has been formally notified by the university that he is banned "from attending any event, game, fundraiser or activity" at ISU. Jolley told the newspaper that he "was deeply saddened" by the university's decision and that it was "unfair and unwarranted."

Jolley was accused of offering money to potential ISU recruits and their coaches. In a letter dated April 27, obtained by the State Journal, the university told Jolley an internal investigation had determined that the booster had violated NCAA rules.

Former interim coach Deane Martin made the original complaint regarding the alleged violations in a letter to ISU Athletic Director Jeff Tingey dated March 6. Martin fired off the letter one day after not being picked as the school's permanent men's basketball coach. When Tingey told Martin that the letter was "potentially slanderous," Martin decided to forward the letter to the NCAA.