O’Boyle: ‘They publicly tried to assassinate me’

Coach speaks against System administration, hopes for vindication

O'Boyle

For the first time in more than six months since Chadron State self-reported possible football fundraising violations to the NCAA, former Head Football Coach Bill O’Boyle spoke publicly about the ongoing investigation, the college’s administration and its governing body.

“They publicly tried to assassinate me, which they did,” O’Boyle said in a telephone interview Friday afternoon.

Responding to the accusation, CSC President Janie Park said Wednesday afternoon “I can’t comment on that.”

O’Boyle resigned from CSC March 5 to take an assistant coach’s post at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction. He said Chadron State’s administration singled him out, but didn’t know if it was intentional or if it was due to pressure from the NSCS.

“It’s hard to say,” O’Boyle said. “They’re definitely trying to put the blame on one guy for compliance and everything else, which makes no sense at all.”

O’Boyle said Chadron State has never had a compliance program.

“Any coach that’s been at Chadron State knows that there’s never been any compliance program,” O’Boyle said. “That’s a fact. You can call up any former coach that’s been there in the last twenty years and we’ve never had a compliance meeting; we’ve never had anything like that,” O’Boyle said.

Park disagreed.

“That’s incorrect. We have had NCAA compliance meetings, Brad [Smith] has had NCAA compliance meetings. When he was athletic director, he had monthly meetings, and he had NCAA compliance issues addressed in those meetings,” Park said.

O’Boyle was suspended from coaching duties in October 2011 after the college reported the possible football fundraising violations to the NCAA. In December, CSC notified the coach that his contract would not be renewed. In February, O’Boyle was reassigned administrative duties, according to a Feb. 7 interview with Park.

The NCAA has not rendered a decision and its investigation continues.

Despite the situation’s uncertainty, O’Boyle remains optimistic about the future.

“I’m hoping it can be something that can be easily fixed,” O’Boyle said, adding “Obviously, I don’t want to see anything happen to Chadron, or myself.”

O’Boyle said he was uncertain whether any NCAA-imposed sanctions would affect his new job.

“I’m not sure. I wish I knew,” he said. “It’s just a matter of waiting for [the NCAA’s] results, and going through whatever findings they have and whatever recommendations they have.”

O’Boyle said he was concerned about the college hiring an outside legal firm and the outcome it could have on the NCAA’s investigation.

“Generally, the NCAA, when they come in to investigate a program, they’re there to help them,” he said. “This has been kind of a different deal because it’s been a joint investigation with the NCAA and the school’s lawyer – obviously, it’s been kinda of a one-sided deal toward the college. I’m hoping the NCAA comes out in my favor.”

Before resigning, O’Boyle said he was biding his time at CSC, developing a handbook for a first-year coach at the college while waiting for the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts to release the Nebraska State College System’s annual audit.

“At first, it was going to be NCAA compliance, which was ridiculous,” O’Boyle said about his initial duties. “I was going to help develop an NCAA compliance program for the rest of the coaches at Chadron State, which is ridiculous, because we had a compliance officer at that time, not before. It was something they changed overnight – I don’t know what happened, but they changed that.”

“[It was] pretty much tedious work just to keep me on campus,” O’Boyle said about the assignment. “Basically, they were just trying to get me to quit.”

Once the audit was released Feb. 28, O’Boyle’s employment opportunities elsewhere grew.

“Basically, I had to wait for Colorado Mesa; they were just waiting for the state auditor’s report,” O’Boyle said. “They wanted to make sure, which I knew all along, [the auditor] was going to be fair and impartial.”


Comments

  • beast

    So if they had compliance meetings Brad told him the golf acct. wasn’t legal right? And he kept telling him for 4 years and they only reported it to the ncaa AFTER they knew the state auditor was coming to town? Something is a little fishy here. 

  • Sandy

    Everything that I have read seems to point to the fact that
    having that account was not illegal.  The
    way that the funds were used (i.e. over $22,000 in checks written to CASH and
    don’t forget about the two other “secret accounts” that Mr. O’Boyle forgot to
    mention at first) raised a flag which prompted the investigation.  Also CSCeagle, I know that you are playing
    the role of the investigative reporter… Why then did you not ask Mr. O’Boyle
    about the $22,000 in checks written to cash, which is the real story behind
    this all and what we want to know more about?

    • Guest

      Sandy, 
      You read farther into the state audit, not the audit from the private company that the college hired, and you will find that these cash checks were used to buy equipment, pay coaches for camps, etc.  There was absolutely no evidence that this money was used for anything besides football.  The state auditor also goes on to say that one of these accounts was actually opened by Brad Smith, and that he had direct knowledge of the other ones.  There was nothing “secret” about these accounts.  The audit also goes on to say that this is a case of lack of institutional control on CSC’s part, and that Coach O’Boyle was not aware that these accounts were NCAA violations, because that was the way they had been handled since he arrived in Chadron, when Brad Smith was coach. The audit also states that it seems they were trying to pin this all on one man, when he was not the only one to blame.  Go do some more research.

    • Sandy

      I truly hope you are not serious about your rebuttal.  Since those checks are written to CASH there is NO WAY in the world that you can say what that money was used for.  The only so-called proof of what he used it for was his self-explanation in the BKD (not the APA that you speak of) in which he could have said anything…ANYTHING.  Further, do me a favor and go back through either report and tell me one item (written to CASH) that he can prove he bought.  There is not a single MATERIAL item on his list that he can make available.  Anybody would tell you that he needs to prove to us what he bought, not we prove what he didn’t buy.  (Think about it for a while)

      P.S  I think that 99.9% of NCAA coaches know that writing checks to CASH (let alone not having reciepts) may be just a lil bit illegal…in fact I know that if you asked 100% of corporate America

      they would tell you it isn’t even a question something a little fishy is going on.

    • csceagle33

      Finally, at least Sandy is making some sense. 
      GUEST….heed your own advice and Go do some more research!!!!

      In both the BKD report and the State Audit report it is clear that O’Boyle opened both the “special account” and his own “concession account” in his name.  The OWH misquoted this information in their article.  The only account in Smith’s name was the C-club account….he did not open ANY of the mentioned accounts in either report.   Please provide one shred of evidence if you have some that states otherwise.

      Also, as Sandy so clearly states YOU have no evidence that the “cash” WAS used for football related items.  It is one man’s word….a man with no receipts by the way.  That is fishy.

      In regards to this ever-popular state audit report….I can’t remember a time  when an AUDIT was so laden with opinions!  Aren’t audits supposed to be a statement of facts and not opinions?  I’m baffled at Foley’s conclusions given the fact that he let the mass amounts of cash transactions go unattested.

    • beast

      Like the BKD report was unbiased? Maybe the state auditor thought they deserved a little extra grinding after they hampered his investigation at every turn,even after the state attny. general ordered them to release and freeze info.Don’t forget your precious bkd and the state auditor both praised coach O’boyle for being very cooperative and gave them everything they asked for.While the CSC admin and the nscs were conniving and scheming the whole time.Who looks like they had something to hide?

    • csceagle33

      This is the point people are missing….The BKD report was narrow in scope by design.  They were asked to specifcally look at all of the accounts in question….that’s it.  They reported on their findings from the accounts.  Meanwhile, the State Audit Report did not report on “findings”….they decided to interject opinions on what they “think” happened.  How in the world did the APA not dig into the $22,000 of “cash” transactions in question?  The burden of proof is in O’Boyle’s camp. Wouldn’t the law state that no receipts/documentation automatically defaults to personal income?  I have no idea what that money was spent on, but without receipts no one but OB knows for sure. 

      Final point….you mean to suggest that CSC has something to hide?  When approached about the outside accounts O’Boyle lied to his bosses about their existence….When CSC found out about the accounts, they self-reported it to the NCAA.  Who again had something to hide?

    • cscsupporter

      beast… You said it best “Maybe the state auditor thought they (CSC) deserved a little extra grinding” That is the the true definition of having an ‘Agenda’ and not responsibly reporting the FACTS.  Finally something we all can agree on.  Also last time I checked being cooperative doesn’t mean you are telling the truth.  Our opinions have to be based around the FACTS in both audits and to me you are just reading what you want to hear.

  • csceagle33

    I’m not sure how CSC tried/did “publicly assassinate” O’Boyle.  I, like most everyone, want to hear from CSC and they keep saying “no comment at this time”.  They didn’t fire him, they just didn’t renew his contract.  There has to be more information that will explain their side of the story.  Until that time, we can only work off the information given.  But, with no public statements or stances on behalf of CSC how is this a Public Assassination?  Pretty harsh language given the circumstances.

    • JC

      Anyone who know the whole story, knows how awful O’Boyles have been treated!!

    • beast

      If they had compliance meetings like pres. park stated then there should be minutes of those meetings recorded. Wonder if the A.D. can produce those.Just another of a long line…….

    • csceagle33

      It doesn’t take a compliance meeting for someone to know that they can’t run their program through hidden/outside accounts!!  Since you are making these compliance meetings such a big deal….How many other CSC coaches ran funds outside of the foundation into their own personal accounts?  I’m not hearing of any….guess they didn’t need a compliance meeting to use common sense.  Just another of a long line…..of excuses.

  • Jon

    Okay…seriously, come on guys…I cannot agree more with Sandy.  WHY the hell would he write a CHECK to CASH?!?!??! Why not use that CHECK to purchase whatever he is using??? The company not take a check? USE A DEBIT CARD.  This is completely ridiculous…OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE! Stop trying to stand up for something that is clearly the most fishy act EVER.

    • Jessica P.

      This is definitely a sad way to leave town…but you know what – Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.  

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