The NCAA Penalizes Boise State – and Not for the Blue Turf!

The NCAA is at it again and has cited Boise State University with “Lack of Institutional Control” finding that the women’s tennis team committed a major NCAA violation when a tennis player competed before being officially enrolled at the school.

The NCAA also found that Boise State committed “secondary violations’ in four other sports, including football.  These violations involved impermissible housing, transportation and meals to prospective student-athletes.  The total dollar value these benefits to 63 incoming student-athletes totaled $4,934.00. The student-athletes reimbursed the school all monies which ranged from $2.34 to $417.55. (Don’t want to let a student-athlete get away with a free hamburger)

“We are deeply committed to following all NCAA rules and to ensuring that our athletic department works diligently so that our procedures reflect the highest standard,” Boise State stated. “I am disappointed that we face these allegations. It is unacceptable, and the athletic department staff understand and agree with my position.”

“Complying with NCAA rules is fundamental to who we are and how we do things at Boise State,” the athletic director stated. “We have addressed the issues and are working with the NCAA to bring this to a close.”

The school will go before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions June 10, 2011, with a final report and penalties being issued by the NCAA within months thereafter.

Now if the NCAA could just do something about the blue turf!

Lee Lowenfish:”The Undying Wonders of Baseball… Even for a Fan of a Losing Team.”

Baseball and jazz journalist, lecturer of sport history at Columbia University, author of The
Imperfect Diamond: A History of Baseball’s Labor Wars
, and Branch Rickey: A Ferocious Gentleman, Lee Lowenfish, has written a great article entitled: “The Undying Wonders of Baseball… Even for a Fan of a Losing Team.”   Here is an excerpt.  For the entire article please go to the  link provided below.

Easter Sunday afternoon found me in front of the tube as the Orioles tried to beat the Yankees in the finale of their rain-abbreviated series in Baltimore. Fortunately I had music watching plans on Saturday night, hearing a wonderful “Beyond Tango” chamber concert led by the gifted Argentine pianist Pablo Ziegler at New York’s adventurous venue the Symphony Space. (BTW keep your eyes and ears open for a Japanese violinist/tap dancer Machiko Ozawa.) Didn’t like the chances of the Birds and beleaguered Brad Bergesen Sat night against the Yankees’ bulky southpaw CC Sabathia and boy was I was right. Bergesen gave up three runs in the first inning and the O’s bats remained dormant on their way to a 15-3 drubbing. (Looks like Bergesen will never regain the form of his first few weeks in the majors in 2009 – ball doesn’t move enough and doesn’t change speeds enough, so it seems.)

Sunday looked like more of the same as Bird starter Jake Arrieta (gotta like a guy named Jake from Texas Christian U.!) did his best to imitate Bergesen’s bad start by giving up bingo! Single to Jeter, home run to Granderson and back-to-back walks to sluggers Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. A visit to the mound from pitching coach Mark Connor, longtime mound guru for skipper Showalter, worked wonders because Arrieta settled down beautifully and started putting zeroes on the scoreboard.

Unfortunately crafty 36 year old righty Freddy Garcia from Venezuela was also putting up zeroes for the Yankees, six innings worth with only two hits allowed, both to the Birds’s only lefty power bat Luke “Birther” Scott. (I don’t care what these guys say off the field as long as they produce and play hard on the field, and my Orioles need offense from anywhere.) When the Yankees added a run on A-Rod’s fielder’s choice grounder in the 5th (give A-Rod credit for hustling everything out), it looked like a very insurmountable 3-0 deficit.

Professor – Thank you.