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UCF may play in a bowl game this season, after all

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Assuming, of course, that Central Florida gets the minimum six wins necessary to go bowling; the Knights can do that this weekend at Marshall.

UCF was hit with a number of sanctions for impermissible recruiting violations over the summer, including a one-year postseason ban. Of the sanctions levied, the university only appealed the bowl ban. The goal was to have the appeal finalized before the end of this year, but in the event the matter was not settled by then, UCF would serve the ban following the 2013 regular season — UCF joins the Big East in ’13 —  if the appeal is in fact denied.

One way or the other, it looks as though that’s going to be the case. The Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday that the NCAA was not going to rule on UCF’s postseason ban until January, making the program eligible for a bowl this year. Knights coach George O’Leary later confirmed during his press conference that the appeal hearing is set for Jan. 24.

UCF will be eligible for the Conference USA championship game and a bowl.

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5 Responses to “UCF may play in a bowl game this season, after all”
  1. blitz4848 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:56 PM

    O’Leary is trying the same strategy as lane Kiffin did. He wanted to go bowling this year and give up next year. That doesn’t make much economical sense since next year UCF will be in the Big East and be in a bowl mix that pays out better than Conference USA.

    UCF has had a lot of talent and that is evident by # of past players now in NFL. UCF is now the 2nd largest university in the nation and theior location and facilities dictate better results but for some reason O’Leary contiues to get a pass even though he has 4 different instances that have brought the attention of the NCAA.

    O’Leary now makes my list of coaches that accomplish the LEAST with MOST.

    1. Mack Brown
    2. Mack Brown
    3. Mark Richt
    4. Mark Richt
    5. George O’Leary

  2. raysfan1 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:37 PM

    UCF is of course gambling that they will win their appeal and thus not miss out on any bowl appearances. If they lose, however, it will definitely not make their new conference happy with them.

  3. thenmoveback says: Oct 23, 2012 3:48 PM

    Go Knights!

  4. pacific123ocean says: Oct 23, 2012 4:35 PM

    Nobody wins an appeal.

  5. blitz4848 says: Oct 23, 2012 5:25 PM

    They are guilty—they know it –they admitted–they just are trying to stockpile players before the sanctions—ala Lane Kiffin! It sure helped him.

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