Coaches on the Boise State University football team say they were “handcuffed” and not allowed to attend the funeral of a football recruit who was killed in a car accident this summer. Nor, because of NCAA regulations, were they allowed to even send the family of Emil Smith flowers. Smith was killed in a car accident July 18th.

BSU says the NCAA regulates the number of times the school can contact a recruit’s family. Even when that recruit is DEAD. Even though the NCAA can grant a waiver, Smith’s case was in a gray area because even though he had committed to the Broncos orally he had not yet signed a letter of intent. Thus, the inability of the school’s staff to contact the family or go to Smith’s funeral.

The Idaho Statesman originally reported on the story earlier this month. Had the Broncos contacted Smith’s family, they could have faced NCAA sanctions.


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