NCAA stands by penalty against Boise State

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The NCAA is standing by a decision that Boise State must lower the number of football scholarships it can award this season and next.

The decision announced Wednesday comes after Boise State officials appealed the scholarship penalty included in a series of sanctions handed down last year by the NCAA. As part of the penalty package, the NCAA ordered the school to cut football scholarships from 85 to 82 this season and in 2013. The school self-imposed the scholarship cut last year as well.

On appeal, school officials argued the penalty levied against Boise State was inconsistent when compared to past cases.

The NCAA cited major violations by the football program and other sports and in response placed the school on probation for three years and imposed other sanctions.

Tennessee’s coaching staff doesn’t consider Derek Dooley’s move to the press box a major hindrance as the Volunteers prepare for Saturday’s game at No. 19 Mississippi State.

Dooley, 44, underwent surgery on his fractured right hip Tuesday afternoon and will work from the press box Saturday for the first time since his 2005-06 stint as the Miami Dolphins’ tight ends coach.

This will mark the first time a Tennessee head coach has worked a game from the press box since Johnny Majors did it during a 40-0 victory over Cincinnati on Sept. 26, 1992, while recovering from heart surgery that forced him to miss the Vols’ first three games that season.

“For us as a staff, we’re trying to maintain our responsibilities the same way we always have,” said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, who also will be in the press box as part of his usual game-day routine. “I talk to Derek on the headsets. Now he’ll be sitting beside me. I don’t anticipate any difference, quite honestly, when it comes to game day.”

While Dooley missed Wednesday’s practice to recover from surgery, his assistants downplayed the effect his move to the press box would have on the game. They don’t expect the situation to change their own responsibilities much.


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