Chadron State on probation after coach paid players, traffic ticket with athletic funds -
Published Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm / Updated at 1:08 pm
Chadron State on probation after coach paid players, traffic ticket with athletic funds

CHADRON, Neb. — Chadron State has been put on three years probation after the Division II Committee on Infractions ruled the school did not exercise control over its athletics department and former head football coach Bill O'Boyle did not follow NCAA ethical conduct rules.

O'Boyle maintained outside bank accounts for the football program, provided extra benefits to student-athletes and provided false or misleading information during interviews with the school. Additionally, a football student-athlete was allowed to compete while ineligible, the school did not ensure that all coaches signed their squad lists before the team's first game and some coaches did not record countable practice hours for student-athletes.

The football program will not receive a postseason ban and scholarships will not be reduced. CSC must vacate its wins during the 2011 and 2012 seasons and will be under probation until Nov. 5, 2016.

“We’re pleased to have a decision from the NCAA and now we can continue to ensure Eagle athletics remains the strong program it already is,” Dr. Randy Rhine, CSC president, said in a release. “I have confidence in our coaching staff and athletic administration to lead us forward.”

Nebraska State College System chancellor Stan Carpenter said he was grateful for the leadership of Rhine and other college officials during the NCAA investigation.

“While it is vital we learn from the NCAA investigation as we look toward the future of CSC, our primary focus has been and will continue to be providing quality academic and extra-curricular programs to benefit our students,” he said. “President Rhine’s insight and leadership continue to make Chadron a strong institution.”

O’Boyle and former athletics director Brad Smith received two-year show-cause orders. During the show-cause period, O’Boyle will be limited in his duties at Southern Illinois, where he is the offensive line coach.

If Smith seeks an athletically related position at an NCAA member school during that two-year period, he and the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the school should be subject to the show-cause procedures.

In 2009, O'Boyle opened an external bank account for proceeds from the football program's golf tournament without the permission of the college president. He used this account for both football-related expenses, such as recruiting trips, and personal expenses, including paying for a traffic ticket and other unknown uses. He also maintained two other outside bank accounts to pay concession workers and for recruiting expenses. When asked, O'Boyle did not reveal the location of the golf tournament money and the existence of the outside bank accounts.

Smith attended the football fundraisers, but failed to monitor and adequately track the approximately $30,000 raised by the golf tournaments. The committee noted that Smith and O'Boyle were not aware that an outside account could lead to NCAA violations, and noted that the absence of a rules education program contributed to the violations.

O'Boyle gave $250 from the external account to two student-athletes. On one occasion, O'Boyle gave a student-athlete $150 to settle a school bill. On another occasion, O'Boyle provided $100 to a student-athlete so he could purchase health insurance. As a long-time NCAA coach, the committee found that O'Boyle knowingly violated the basic tenet of amateurism by providing money to student-athletes.

O'Boyle did not follow NCAA ethical conduct rules when he provided false or misleading information to the school about the existence of two of the three outside bank accounts and gave money to student-athletes when he knew it was against NCAA rules.

Because Smith and the school did not monitor the creation or use of the outside bank accounts, its lack of a rules education program and the absence of a system for monitoring athletics department operations, Chadron State lacked institutional control.

Penalties include:

» Public reprimand and censure.

» Three years of probation from Nov. 6, 2013 through Nov. 5, 2016.

» A $5,000 fine.

» A vacation of results for the football program for the 2011 and 2012 football seasons. The public report contains further details.

» A two-year show cause order for O'Boyle. During this period, the committee restricts athletically related duties of O'Boyle at his current NCAA school, as detailed by his current employing school. The public report contains the further details.

» A two-year show cause order for the former director of athletics. During this period, the committee restricts athletically related duties of the former director of athletics should he be employed by an NCAA school.

» A reduction of paid official visits by 15 for the football program, from 75 to 60, for the 2013-14 academic year (self-imposed by the school).

» Withholding of one full-time coach from recruiting off-campus for the spring and fall 2013 recruiting periods (self-imposed by the school).

» An external audit of the school's athletics program will be conducted (self-imposed by the school).

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