Boise State University Ousts Bleymaier in Wake of NCAA Investigation

Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIIAugust 10, 2011

Broncos Buck Bleymaier
Broncos Buck BleymaierEthan Miller/Getty Images

The Idaho Statesman is reporting that long time athletic director Gene Bleymaier has been fired in the wake of an NCAA investigation.

Bleymaier, who has been BSU's AD since 1982, is credited with guiding the Broncos' rise to national prominence in football. He was also responsible for Boise's infamous blue turf.

The NCAA recently investigated BSU for numerous infractions involving multiple sports including football. An allegation of "lack of institutional control" is the most serious charge pending against the university. A hearing was held before the NCAA in June, and their ruling is anticipated in the near future. Boise State has already offered self-imposed penalties, but there is concern that the NCAA will add additional sanctions and penalties.

An interim AD will be appointed while a national search is conducted for Bleymaier's successor. BSU also announced it has hired lawyer John Cunningham as director of NCAA compliance. Cunnigham last served as compliance director for TCU. He will be BSU's fourth compliance director in as many years.

Though many in Boise have downplayed the significance of the NCAA investigation, today's action suggests that university president Bob Kustra is taking strong and swift action in anticipation of what may be coming down from the NCAA.

BSU opens its season in just a few weeks on the road against Georgia.