Lightfoot’s Take on Brigham Young University’s Extra Benefits

Author: Brian P. Kappel 

On November 9, 2018, the Division I Committee on Infractions (COI) found that four Brigham Young University (BYU) boosters had provided a single student-athlete more than $12,000 in extra benefits over a two-year period. The case was considered through the summary disposition process. The COI classified the institution’s case as Level II-Standard and imposed the following penalties: two years of probation, a $5,000 fine, scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions, official and unofficial visit reductions, disassociation of one of the four boosters, and vacation of regulation season and post-season tournament records.

BACKGROUND

Between August 2015 and August 2017, four BYU boosters provided extra benefits to a men’s basketball student-athlete. Two boosters invited the student-athlete to play 13 rounds of golf at a country club, paid the student-athlete’s green’s fees, and bought him meals. One of those boosters also left $200 cash in the student-athlete’s locker while the student-athlete was at practice. A third booster arranged for the student-athlete and his then-wife to stay at a local lodge for two nights. The fourth booster paid travel expenses for the student-athlete and his then-wife and also provided the student-athlete with the use of a new car for four months. Read more.

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