Chadron State receives NCAA sanctions

Chadron State College’s football team had to forfeit its wins the past two seasons and is under probation for three years after being cited Wednesday by the NCAA for lack of institutional control.

The Eagles received a $5,000 fine, but they will not receive a postseason ban, and scholarships will not be reduced, the NCAA announced.

According to the NCAA, former head coach Bill O’Boyle maintained outside bank accounts for the football program, provided extra benefits to student-athletes and provided false or misleading information.

Additionally, a football student-athlete was allowed to compete while ineligible, and some coaches did not record countable practice hours for student-athletes.

O’Boyle has previously said he was doing as instructed by former Chadron State Athletic Director Brad Smith, who retired in the spring. O’Boyle, who was the Colorado Mesa offensive coordinator last year, is now an offensive line coach at Southern Illinois University.

“I hate to see the two years (of forfeits) because of the players and the kids,” said former Chadron defensive coordinator and current CMU defensive coordinator Todd Auer. “I’m glad it’s over for Coach O’Boyle. It’s behind him now. It shouldn’t hurt him doing what Southern Illinois (is) having him do.”

O’Boyle and Smith received two-year show-cause orders, according to the NCAA.

O’Boyle must meet with the SIU compliance director each month and attend compliance seminars the next two years, Auer said.

If Smith seeks an athletics-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.

O’Boyle used the bank accounts without the permission of the college president for both football-related expenses, such as recruiting trips, and personal expenses, including paying for a traffic ticket and other unknown uses, the NCAA found.

The former coach also maintained two other outside bank accounts to pay concession workers and for recruiting expenses, according to the NCAA.


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