Former Chadron State football coach Bill O’Boyle accepts responsibility, but denies 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.
In a 25 page written response to the findings, O’Boyle stated that he did deposit and withdraw money from off-campus account to pay for various football expenses, but that he was authorized by Athletic Director Brad Smith. O’Boyle stated that Smith was aware of the accounts.
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, 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.
Back in 2011, the college announced it was working with the NCAA on possible violations tied to football fundraising. The school said it had brought the concerns to the NCAA and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. According to the report released by the Nebraska State College System, Chadron State’s administration became suspicious of the handling of football funds in September of 2011, after money from a golf tournament benefiting the program was not deposited into school accounts.
In July of 2012, a Chadron State College-NCAA investigative report says O’Boyle violated NCAA bylaws by opening the outside accounts to hold funds to finance the college’s football program. The college suspended O’Boyle last October and did not renew his contract.
The NCAA has scheduled a hearing in Indianapolis for February 22, 2013.