Late Monday night it was announced that Boise State was the latest major university to face NCAA recruiting allegations.
So what are the infractions?
According to an ESPN article, it involved numerous housing, transportation and meal violations to potential student athletes during visits from 2005-2009. The estimated total costs of these alleged incidents are less than $5,000.
On a side note, the most major infraction at the university was allowing an athlete to compete before being enrolled, and that was not in football.
In a statement released by head coach Chris Peterson, he said:
"The university, our staff and the involved student-athletes worked together with the NCAA to resolve the situation, including reimbursement of the benefits received, and that money was donated to a local charity."
According to the university, all of the money was reimbursed by the student athletes themselves, which brings up the question as to how strict the NCAA is going to be since the Ohio State "ink" incident?
Boise State is now considered one of the top teams in the country, which is not a surprise to anyone who follows major college football. But, are they still considered mid-major since they are not in a BCS at large conference, even after joining the MWC?
Is the NCAA afraid that a non-BCS team will make a run at the title, in turn screwing up their precious system?
The bottom line is that there are probably 100-plus schools out there that are guilty of a few infractions. Hell, it wouldn't be competitive if a Boise State didn't buy a player a happy meal, cause lord knows that the bigger schools are probably buying these guys steak dinners and taking them out for lap dances. (No pun intended to Colorado of the early 2000s).
The NCAA is just being a bully here to Boise simply because they made a mistake in another sport that is not their bread and butter. By putting them on the radar they are simply trying to say that no one is safe from the iron fist that is the NCAA.
But in my humble opinion, they should look at big schools like the Texas', Alabama's and Florida's of the world. I am sure they are giving these kids more than a free ride and or happy meal!
The bottom line is that college football has become a very dirty business and that does include the smaller schools trying to field a team.
But if you are the NCAA, are you going to go after the top dogs on the block, or the little one that beats the big ones up on a yearly basis?
I guess the little guys don't make enough $$$ for them to let a little $5k infraction slide, but that's just my opinion and I could be wrong.