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UCF wins appeal, bowl ban lifted

George O'Leary AP

A couple of days after it was reported that UCF’s appeal to the NCAA was successful, that’s turned out to officially be the case.

In a press release, the school announced Monday that the NCAA granted the football program’s’s appeal of a one-year postseason football ban, making the Knights bowl eligible for the 2013 season. The postseason sanction was originally in effect for the 2012 season, but was pushed back to 2013 because of the school’s appeal.

“I think it was great news for UCF, the UCF football program and the fan base with the appeal committee reversing the decision on the postseason ban,” head coach George O’Leary said in a statement. “President [John] Hitt decided to appeal this ban and I’m glad for UCF and the football program that it turned out in our favor.”

The UCF football program was hit with a number of sanctions last summer for major recruiting violations. Included in the punitive measures were the bowl ban as well as the reduction of five initial (from 25 maximum) and five total (from 85 maximum) football scholarships for three academic years and probation.

The postseason sanction was the only sanction appealed by the school.

“We’re certainly happy with this outcome,” said athletic director Todd Stansbury. “We appealed the postseason ban for football because we felt it went beyond what was supported by the facts, and we’re pleased the Infractions Appeals Committee agreed with us.

“With the appeal process behind us, we’re ready to move forward. Our first season in the American Athletic Conference [formerly the Big East], including the opportunity to play in a bowl game, is right around the corner. It’s an exciting time for the Knights.”

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4 Responses to “UCF wins appeal, bowl ban lifted”
  1. mogogo1 says: Apr 22, 2013 1:38 PM

    Good for UCF. But this just further underscores what a mess the NCAA is right now. Why exactly were they banned from bowls in the first place? And what changed to cause that ban to be lifted? It’s all just totally arbitrary.

  2. deadeye says: Apr 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    NCAA is a mess. They are becoming increasingly ineffective.

  3. 35longmiles says: Apr 22, 2013 8:51 PM

    Keep your head up Miami. Another Sun Bowl or Emerald Nut Bowl or Champs Sports Bowl might just be in your future. Who am I kidding? You thugs are about to get castrated. Was Terry actually DEALING the icky sticky?

  4. 11thstreetmafia says: Apr 23, 2013 2:13 AM

    I thought UCF was on permanent bowl ban.

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