November 1, 2014

NCAA postpones Chadron State hearing

The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions has postponed the Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 hearing scheduled for alleged infractions in Chadron State College’s football program. No new hearing date has been set.

Former Chadron State football coach Bill O’Boyle accepted responsibility, but denied he provided false and misleading information to the school regarding the opening of three secret accounts off campus, for program funds and failure to document about $22,000 in spending, which led to an investigation and the eventual removal of O’Boyle as head coach of the Eagles football program.

The NCAA found that O’Boyle failed to provide knowledge of the funds or of three separate accounts when asked by Janie Park, president of Chadron State.

In the school’s response to the NCAA’s findings, it was stated that O’Boyle “acted independently, secretly and without authorization or approval,” in accepting funds from a golf tournament that were deposited and then spent without gaining permission, that went into the “Special” account. The school contends O’Boyle did the same with a second “Concession” account.

The school did take responsibility for failure to ensure that a “C Club” account was closed and funds transferred to the Foundation.