BYU AD Tom Holmoe says Cougars should hear back from NCAA soon on improper benefits case
, Kylea Knecht, Kylea Knecht/BYU
PROVO — For months, speculation has swirled about the outcome of an internal review conducted by BYU officials regarding allegations of improper benefits to student-athletes.
The information gathered from that investigation was forwarded to the NCAA.
The school should find out within the next week what action the NCAA will take, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said during a 55-minute question-and-answer session with reporters Wednesday.
Holmoe expects it will come prior to the football team’s season opener at Connecticut on Aug. 29.
The NCAA is “going to review our case in the next couple of days or something,” Holmoe said. “We’ll hear back hopefully soon.”
While Holmoe said he didn't want to speculate about how the NCAA will handle the case, he added, "We followed the protocol and procedures. We feel good about what we have done. I think I can say this — I don’t see this as a major case. It’s a violation of a rule. We’re awaiting the response.”
Holmoe declined to talk about any names of those who are linked to the case.
“It will eventually come out with what they say. They may come back and not say much,” Holmoe said. “I can say there may have to be a repayment on something and that’s all it comes down to and there wouldn’t be a penalty. Or there could be a penalty based on that.”
Holmoe said nobody on campus was fired because of this internal investigation.
Last winter, longtime director of football operations, Duane Busby, resigned. There has been speculation that Busby’s departure from BYU was related to the alleged violations.
“He resigned on his own,” Holmoe said. “We had conversations a year or two previous to that about him moving on to other things. At that time, he had actually talked to me about moving on to another job. The timing was unfortunate.”
Did the school suggest penalties on itself?
“Not necessarily in this particular case because it didn’t go down that road,” Holmoe said.
Holmoe answered numerous questions on a wide variety of subjects Wednesday:
POWER 5 AUTONOMY
With the NCAA’s decision to give autonomy to the Power 5 conference schools that want to offer additional financial and material benefits to their student-athletes, Holmoe emphasized that BYU will do what’s best for BYU.
“We’re focusing on what we’ve done for a long time,” Holmoe said. “Instead of chasing after necessarily what the Power 5 are doing, or individual schools, we think it’s best to stay on track with what’s brought BYU to this point. We’ll make some changes and we’ll adapt, but we’ve got to stay true to who we are and what we do. We are BYU, and we’re going to do what we do best — compete as hard as we can and we’ll raise whatever money we need to. We’re not going to keep up with the Joneses in every single area.”
BYU opened a nutrition center last year that has provided fruits, nuts, bagels and protein shakes for student-athletes. New NCAA policies have altered BYU's approach.
“Now, you can have anything there, food-wise, so that changes the direction we are taking that,” Holmoe said. “Now, we have another plan, and another budget."
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