Boise State hit with 3-year probation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The NCAA placed Boise State on probation for
three years and imposed other sanctions Tuesday for major
violations by the football program and other sports.

The sanctions included a public reprimand, a one-year postseason
ban for women's tennis and recruiting restrictions and scholarship
reductions for affected sports. Some of the penalties had
previously been self-imposed by the university.

Under the sanctions, Boise State's football program will be able
to offer nine fewer scholarships through the 2013-14 season. That's
six fewer than Boise State's self-imposed sanctions announced
earlier this year.

The football team will also be allowed fewer contact practices
during spring training for three years.

In addition, Boise State will be prohibited for two years from
recruiting prospective international student-athletes for cross
country and track and field, as well as for women's tennis.

The sanctions follow an NCAA inquiry that found a lack of
institutional controls necessary to fully comply with rules
governing collegiate athletic programs.

The NCAA says the case included numerous major violations
involving more than 75 prospects and student-athletes in five

"The committee concluded that a competitive advantage was
gained in most instances," said Conference USA Commissioner
Britton Banowsky, a member of the NCAA infractions committee who
reviewed the case.

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