BOISE, Idaho — The NCAA rejected Boise State's appeal to restore football scholarships on Wednesday.
The NCAA ordered the Broncos to cut scholarships from 85 to 82 for this season and 2013-14. The school self-imposed the three scholarship losses for last season.
Boise State argued the sanction was excessive when compared to past infraction cases, but the NCAA said this case had no direct comparison.
The infractions involve about 75 athletes over several sports. They range from recruiting infractions to impermissible transportation and lodging and prompted the departure of athletic director Gene Bleymaier.
Wazzu Zombies: Washington State coach Mike Leach questioned the leadership of his seniors, comparing them to "empty corpses" and "zombies." The Cougars are 2-4 in their first season under Leach and haven't had a winning season since 2003. "Some of them have had kind of this zombielike, go through the motions, everything is like how it's always been, that's how it'll always be," he said. "Some of them … have an empty-corpse quality. That's not pleasant to say or pleasant to think about, but that's a fact."
Duke: Quarterback Sean Renfree, who sat last week with a sore throwing elbow, practiced. His status for Saturday hasn't been determined.
Oklahoma: Receiver Jalen Saunders was declared eligible to play by the NCAA. The school asked for a waiver so he would not have to sit out a season after he transferred from Fresno State during the offseason.
Stanford: Ty Montgomery, second on the team in catches, likely will sit out Saturday against Notre Dame with an undisclosed knee injury.
Obituary: Tom Coyle, a three-year starter at right guard for Michigan, died Tuesday in Tampa, the school announced. The Wolverines went 30-3 from 1970-72, including 10-1 in 1972, when Mr. Coyle was a co-captain.
Men's basketball: Virginia senior guard Jontel Evans, an All-ACC defensive pick last season, had surgery last week for a stress fracture in his right foot. He will miss six weeks, putting in doubt his status for the regular season, which starts Nov. 9.