Posted 10 months ago
By John Axtell
Chadron State College officials and fans will have to wait a while longer to find out what, if any, penalties the school will receive from the NCAA over alleged fundraising and other violations by former head football coach Bill O’Boyle and the football program.
CSC was scheduled for a hearing this Friday before the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis, but Athletic Director Brad Smith says it was notified Monday that the hearing had been postponed with no new date set.
He expects to “eventually find out what’s going on,” but for now the NCAA simply said that the school would be notified when a decision is made on a new hearing date.
Smith had been scheduled to fly to Indianapolis on Tuesday with other CSC officials…including current President Dr Randy Rhine and past President Dr Janie Park…to join him there later in the week.
He says the postponement resulted in some inconvenience and added expense, but that while the school is anxious to get the hearing done and the case concluded, they want to make sure it’s done in a way that’s fair to everyone.
The investigation into the alleged CSC violations began in mid-September 2011 when questions arose over bank accounts set up outside the college to handle money from a fundraising golf tournament that began in 2008.
Chadron State self-reported the apparent violations to the NCAA and suspended O’Boyle as head coach, then announced in December 2011 that his contract would not be renewed.
CSC and the Nebraska State College System hired an outside firm for an internal investigation, then worked with the NCAA on a joint investigation that resulted in a final report issued in July of last year.
The formal NCAA Notice of Allegations followed in September, with the official responses from O’Boyle and the college filed with the NCAA on December 21. Both responses can be seen at the NSCS website.
Chadron State, in its response, says that the school and the NSCS self-reported most of the violations and is in “substantial agreement” that the violations occurred. It also says it fulfilled its obligation to cooperate with the NCAA staff, and has taken appropriate corrective and disciplinary measures.
O’Boyle’s response says he accepts responsibility for the violations and his failure to take additional steps to educate himself on appropriated NCAA procedures, but also says he mistakenly believed his creation of bank accounts outside the college were permissible because Smith had actually started one of the accounts years before.
O’Boyle denies providing any intentionally false and misleading information to Park when questioned about the accounts on September 19, 2011, but says he should have been “completely forthcoming” with information about all the accounts and made a complete disclosure.