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Updated: UCF cited for LOIC; hit with scholarship reductions, postseason ban

George O'Leary AP

The investigation of Central Florida’s athletic program by the NCAA over multiple recruiting allegations spanning two sports is officially over.

The Knights’ athletic troubles, however, are not.

In a Tuesday release, the NCAA announced that UCF’s athletic program allowed “impermissible recruiting activity undertaken by… third parties, who through their activity became athletics representatives of UCF.” The activities were “both known by athletics department personnel, and, in some cases encouraged.”

The NCAA investigation determined that Ken Caldwell, a recruiter for a professional sports agency, provided more than $16,000 to three prospects and two UCF student-athletes. The investigation also found ex-UCF Athletics Director Keith Tribble engaged in unethical activity and “failed to take steps to prevent the involvement of boosters in recruiting activities” — among other violations.

As a result, the NCAA hit the UCF football program with a one-year postseason ban and reduction of five initial (from 25 maximum) and five total (from 85 maximum) football scholarships for three academic years. Additionally, the athletics program will be fined $50,000 and placed on five years probation. Tribble was given three-year “show cause” penalties, while former receivers coach David Kelly was given a one-year penalty of the same category.

The NCAA also determined UCF “exhibited a lack of institutional control and was responsible for impermissible recruiting activities and extra benefits.”

Other recruiting sanctions include:

  • A reduction of two full-time football coaches permitted to recruit off-campus during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years
  • A reduction in the available number of recruiting person days by nine in the fall football evaluation period and 34 in the spring football evaluation period during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (self-imposed by the university)
  • Football official paid visits are limited to 30 for each of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

The Knights are the preseason favorites to win the Conference USA title before making the move to the Big East. Given the NCAA’s sanctions, however, they won’t be able to leave the conference on a high note.

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12 Responses to “Updated: UCF cited for LOIC; hit with scholarship reductions, postseason ban”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jul 31, 2012 11:23 AM

    That must be why they beat UGA in that bowl game a couple years ago.

    Mystery solved!

  2. fatcamper says: Jul 31, 2012 11:37 AM

    I thought they beat UGA because they had scored more points than UGA when time expired.

  3. mydixienormus says: Jul 31, 2012 11:40 AM

    Just making a joke fatcamper.

    Really a dig at UGA for getting beat by a Florida Community College…

  4. thraiderskin says: Jul 31, 2012 11:57 AM

    wow… Its funny, I almost forgot what the NCAA was for.

  5. magicfan10 says: Jul 31, 2012 12:18 PM

    The sad part is we can’t even cheat right..we wasted recruiting violations on a 5’6 white point guard from Chicago…and the football players didn’t even come to ucf….we got nothing out of it…wow we suck..

  6. overratedgators says: Jul 31, 2012 12:40 PM

    Oh dear. Now UCF is really going to struggle for a while. It could take years until they contend for national championships agahahahahah … Damn, almost got that out without laughing.

  7. granadafan says: Jul 31, 2012 12:44 PM

    Miami and Auburn are next.

  8. whoisedgy says: Jul 31, 2012 1:14 PM

    This is what happens when you sell your soul to the devil. O’Leary lied on his Notre Dame resume, then a young man dies on his watch (UCF lost the lawsuit), and now this. Sad story, UCF, sad story.

  9. bertenheim says: Jul 31, 2012 1:51 PM

    Did Freeh release a report on UCF also?

  10. quancao says: Jul 31, 2012 5:37 PM

    Penn Stae, UCF … Who’s next on the NCAA summer hit list now that Mark Emmert has gone Joe McCarthy on college football? The Presidents better step in and do some real cleaning up before all the low hanging fruit teams of the once Division 2 are suspended for doing a lousy job pretending to be Division 1. For you have to have real seriously powerful and loaded alumni to cheat. You have to be SEC or Pac 12 or Big 10. Otherwise, stick to kids who can’t run and don’t compete with the big boys. That is Mark Emmert’s message. Not Don’t cheat but Don’t get caught cheating unless you are Urban Meyer or Nick Saban. It is sad this modern day slavery machine which will forever stays the same.

  11. billydahkid says: Jul 31, 2012 9:58 PM

    mydixienormous…..your attempt at humor showed your ignorance. UCF is the 6th largest university by student enrollment in the US. Probably almost as big as the community college you didn’t finish.

  12. mydixienormus says: Aug 1, 2012 11:32 AM

    Bravo Billydahkid. Funny comment. Loved it.

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