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Boise State cited for violations in five sports, including football

September 13, 2011 |  1:05 pm

Boise State

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

Boise State was placed on probation for three years and received other sanctions from the NCAA on Tuesday for major violations in several sports, including football.

Under the sanctions, the football team loses a total of nine scholarships through the 2013-14 season, six fewer than the program's self-imposed sanctions announced earlier this year. The Broncos will also be limited to fewer practices during the same time period.

The women's tennis, cross country and track and field teams will be prohibited from recruiting prospective international student-athletes for two years. Also, the women's tennis team is banned from postseason play for one year following the 2011-2012 season.

The NCAA said it found a lack of institutional controls necessary to fully comply with rules governing collegiate athletic programs. The case involved numerous violations involving more than 75 prospects and student-athletes in five sports during a span of five years, with the Division I Committee on Infractions noting a particular concern with the early arrival of international student-athletes who in some cases were not yet academically qualified to enroll full-time.

The committee also cited recruiting, impermissible-housing and transportation violations involving 63 prospects in the football program during the summers of 2005-09.

[For the Record, 2:53 p.m. Sept. 13: An earlier version of this post said Boise State’s team nickname was the Bulldogs. The school’s teams are known as the Broncos.]


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.