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NCAA reforms could cost Boise State athletics more than $600,000 per year

The NCAA reforms that are in the works this summer could cost Boise State more than $600,000 per year — if not more.

The NCAA is expected to approve cost-of-attendance scholarships, which would increase the value of a scholarship from tuition, fees, books, room and board to the full cost of attendance calculated based on a federal government formula.

At Boise State, the difference is about $3,000 per year. The school offers 229 full or equivalent scholarships, which would put the annual cost at $687,000 if it includes all scholarship athletes.

“We’ll find (the money),” Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said. “At the end of the day, it’s fund raising. The Bronco Nation, it’s a great group of fans. We’re so blessed to have them. We’re going to have to really explain this story to people and help them understand why it’s critical to our program. It’s a game-changer.”

I’ll have a full story on the NCAA issues with comments from Coyle and Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Former Boise State left tackle Charles Leno Jr. signed with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, the team announced. He was a seventh-round draft pick Saturday.

Leno received a four-year, $2.3 million contract with a $46,000 signing bonus, according to a source. Contracts for late draft picks generally aren’t guaranteed beyond the bonus.

Former Boise State tailback D.J. Harper has been invited for a tryout at the Jets’ minicamp this week, he tweeted.

KTVB’s Jay Tust traveled to California to do a story on the journey of incoming Boise State defensive tackle Antoine Turner, who has overcome tragedy and adversity to reach college football. He was homeless until his girlfriend’s uncles took him in during his stay at Fullerton College. Turner is homeless again until he gets to Boise State next month, so the school is trying to get a waiver from the NCAA to help him.

You can watch the story here.

Turner is expected to contribute immediately. Boise State was his only scholarship offer.

“It’s been a long journey,” he told me in February after he committed. “This was a dream come true. I never thought I’d get to this point in my life, going through what I went through.”

Emory Sports Marketing Analytics did a study of the NFL Draft and college football recruiting and concluded that Boise State has done the best job improving its players. The study was conducted several different ways and every time the Broncos came out on top.

Boise State had three players drafted this year, one last year and six in 2012. The program has had 20 players drafted since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl (eight drafts).

Here is the study.

The Mountain West bowl schedule is taking shape. Here is Brian Murphy’s rundown.

Here is today’s profile of Boise State defensive backs coach Julius Brown.

Previous stories in the series:

Kent Riddle

Andy Avalos

Steve Caldwell

Here is an update on Nick Patti.

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