NCAA hands Boise State its official punishment

Boise State's football program will lose nine scholarships over the next three years after the university was cited for multiple violations in various sports, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions announced on Tuesday.

Numerous major violations involving more than 75 prospects and student-athletes occurred in five sports over the course of five years. Most of the violations found by the committee were agreed upon by the school, and some of the penalties were both self-imposed by the university and adopted by the committee.

The athletic department will serve three years of probation from Sept. 13, 2011, through Sept. 12, 2014, after being cited for a "lack of institutional control," and the football program will have its number of scholarships reduced from 85 to 82 for the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. It also will receive a reduction in practice opportunities as well.

Check out the NCAA's final report on Boise State

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