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Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 1:28 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Good though they may be, Boise State still has a tremendous challenge on its hands facing Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff game Saturday night. And after electing to hold out three key players due to eligibility concerns, that challenge has only become more daunting.

The Broncos announced in a brief statement Friday that senior safety Cedric Febis, sophomore defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-a-Tjoe and sophomore wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn had not accompanied the team to Atlanta.

"The three are being held out of the game due to a review of their NCAA eligibility," the statement read. "The review is not academic or violation of team rules."

The three players all have a few noteworthy things in common. The first is that all three are originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where they each played for local football club teams before coming to the U.S. All three played for prep high schools in Boise before joining the Broncos.

The second is that all three are expected to be major contributors for the Broncos this season. A fifth-year senior, Febis was in line to earn a starting safety position following the graduation of Jeron Johnson. He is likely to be replaced by redshirt freshman Jeremy Ioane.

Though not in the projected first string for Saturday's game, both Boldewijn (formerly known as Geraldo Hiwat) and Tjong-a-Tjoe were expected to see plenty of snaps as the Broncos look for receiving playmakers (in Boldewijn's case) and spell star tackles Billy Winn and Chase Baker (in Tjong-a-Tjoe's). Tjong-a-Tjoe finished in the team's top eight in both sacks and tackles-for-loss in 2010.

The losses may not be as fatal as losing players like Kellen Moore or potential All-American safety George Iloka. But the Broncos by nearly all accounts were already facing deficits in the areas of depth and athleticism going up against an SEC team like Georgia, and the loss of three quality players and athletes won't make those deficits any easier to cope with.

Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

I'm late in responding, but thank you for shedding more light on the situation.

I hope everything works out.



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:44 am
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Im kind of wondering if it has anything to do with there Host families as well, though not so much as in ties with BSU as it is do there Host families count now that they are in College? Are they required to go home in the summer or do they get to stay with there Host families still during that time. And if they are required to go home to The Netherlands who pays for the trip? This could all just be BSU trying to make sure they are totally undercompliance with NCAA rules and showing the NCAA they truly have everything undercontrol. Im hoping everything works out for these players and the University. 



Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Do any of you guys know exactly what the reason for them being held out is?  I'm assuming, since they are Danish, it might have something to do with their alien status.  However, seeing one guy has been here 4 years, I'm not sure if that's why.
It is unknown at this point. Boise State has only said it has nothing to do with Academics or team rules. They found some things a few days ago and did not want to risk it so they handed it over to the NCAA for a review and hoped to get a quick response with such little time. Someone has dropped the ball and it pisses me off.....But it has to have something to do with how they were recruited because they are all from the same place....They all 3 had Host Families in Boise and one would wonder if the Host Families are associated with Boise State as Alumni's or Boosters!!!! Sounds Scary and it could be anything, but we will just have to wait..



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Looking forward to the game, I think it will be a really good game. Feel bad for these players. go Broncos give em heck. Glad to be playing Georgia to start the season and not a FCS team. 



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

I agree, why the NCAA waits to the last minute to decide if these players can play this year or not is wrong. The NCAA sure is ran backwards. They really need to fix it soon.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Do any of you guys know exactly what the reason for them being held out is?  I'm assuming, since they are Danish, it might have something to do with their alien status.  However, seeing one guy has been here 4 years, I'm not sure if that's why.

If it is, I really don't see these guys being a threat to national security.  Kind of weird to see Boise players being told to sit, when other guys get to play for known rules violations.





Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Isn't gonna matter.  Boise St wins this one and makes a "statement" to start the season.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Yeah, this is bull, if we win I want it to be because we beat their best. Just like AJ last year, the NCAA waits till the day before the game to say something. What a broke system.



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Interesting that the NCAA waits till just before they board the plane to fly out to say hold on a minute lets review them again this year. Wouldn't you think they would have spelled out there elligebility going forward when they were reviewed last year? 



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

I honestly want to see the teams play at full strength and may the best team win.  I will be there in the Georgia Dome this Saturday to see it and I definitely want to see a good game.


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