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Kustra Oppose $2000 Athlete Stipend

Boise State President Bob Kustra (shown in Boise State photo) has been a vocal opponent of an NCAA proposal to give student-athletes an additional $2,000 stipend. During an interview with American Public Media's Kai Ryssdal on “Marketplace,” Kustra gave made his strongest comments to date about his reluctance to give the stipend. In December, Boise State among the schools that tried to stop new NCAA proposals for a $2,000 stipend and another one allowing schools to offer multi-year scholarships/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Should college student-athletes receive an additional $2000 stipend, as proposed by the NCAA?

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NCAA Hits Boise State w/Sanctions

The NCAA found that Boise State lacked institutional control within its athletic department and added additional sanctions, including more football scholarship and practice reductions, to the school’s self-imposed penalties. In a 73-page report release Tuesday, the NCAA Committee on Infractions outlined its findings in Boise State’s first major infractions case. The committee met with Boise State and several officials for 13 hours on June 10 and concluded “that the scope and nature of the violations in five sports over a lengthy period of time, five years, in combination with a continuous pattern of violations in the men’s and women’s tennis programs demonstrate a lack of institutional control.” The Broncos’ highly ranked football team will face scholarship reductions from 85 to 82 in 2011, 2012 and 2013/Brian Murphy, Statesman. More here. (AP file photo, of BSU coach Chris Petersen)

Question: How will the NCAA penalties affect Boise State's reputation?

Poor Academics Costs UI Scholarship

The newest four-year Academic Progress Rates have been unveiled by the NCAA, and the Idaho football team has been stung again by its substandard academic performance. The Vandals will lose one scholarship because of its multi-year APR of 923, just below the penalty threshold of 925. Over the last four years, Robb Akey's team has lost 15 scholarships. The stiffest penalty came after the 2006-07 academic year, when the NCAA took eight scholarships away from the Vandals. UI logged an APR of 904 that year. No other UI teams will face penalties. The men's basketball team had a score of 942 while the women's basketball team came in at 953/Josh Wright, SportsLink. More here. Also: Idaho Statesman story.

Question: Would you rather have a good football team with bad scholastic scores or a bad football team with good scholastic scores?

NCAA: No More John 3:16 Eye Black

The NCAA on Thursday approved three new rules for the upcoming college football season, including one that might be called the Tim Tebow rule. No longer will players be allowed to wear eye black with messages on them. Tebow made the practice a trend while at Florida, showing off a specific verse in the Bible (John 3:16). Reggie Bush did the same thing with the number “619” – a tribute to his home area code. The rules panel also approved rules regulating wedge blocks and taunting/Jared Frank, KHQ/ More here.  (AP file photo, of Tim Tebow during his college career at Florida)

Question: What do you think of the NCAA's “Tim Tebow” rule, banning players from wearing eye blck with messages on them?

NAACP: Tea Party Tolerates Racism

The Rev. Al Sharpton, front, addresses the media during a news conference at the 101st annual NAACP convention as NAACP President Ben Jealous looks on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. Story here. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Question: Do you agree with the premise of the NCAA that the Tea Party movement tolerates racism?

Purdue beats Siena in Spokane

Purdue’s Chris Kramer, left, battles Siena’s Alex Franklin in the first half of their first-round NCAA tournament matchup at the Spokane Arena on Friday, March 19, 2010

Keaton Grant ignited the decisive run that rallied fourth-seeded Purdue past No. 13 seed Siena 72-64 on Friday in the first round of NCAA tournament’s South Regional.

Grant’s 11 points to begin the second half opened up the inside for teammate JuJuan Johnson’s 23 points. Johnson, the tallest player on either team at 6-foot-10, also tied a career high with 15 rebounds. More.

My goal is to make it through the weekend without watching any basketball. How about you?

NCAA likes to play the numbers game

Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson, right, shoots over MSU’s Delvon Roe.

This falls in the category of Things to Worry About Later, certainly.

The NCAA basketball tournament games coming our way Friday are version 3.0 of March Madness at the Spokane Arena, and soon enough the din from the bleachers will drown out the inevitable bleating that the committee never sends us a top seed (because those No. 1 vs. No. 16 games are always such good theater) and that the hockey team has to start the playoffs out of town. John Blanchette, Spokesman Review

Read more, including Friday’s game schedule and today’s practice sessions here.

Where will you watch the NCAA action? At the Arena? At home? Your favorite watering hole? Is there anyone who will NOT be watching basketball this weekend?

NCAA Puts EWU On Probation

The Eastern Washington University football program has been put on three years probation and is banned from postseason due to what the NCAA calls “major violations.” The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions released the report on Wednesday. The violations include impermissible participation by ineligible student-athletes in practice activities, the use of too many countable coaches, failure to monitor by former head coach Paul Wulff, now the head coach at Washington State, and a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university/SR. More here.

Question: Does this color your view of second-year Washington State coach Paul Wulff?

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