The UCF football program has successfully appealed their NCAA bowl ban and will be postseason eligible in 2013, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The program accepted other penalties but appealed the bowl ban, arguing excessive punishment.
The appeal process began last year, which allowed the Knights to play in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl this past January. Now they will be postseason eligible in their first season in a BCS conference, the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East).
The program is still subject to a number of other sanctions, including scholarship reductions for both the football and basketball teams and a postseason ban for the basketball team. The sanctions stem from the school using a third party, Ken Caldwell, who was paid to promote the school to football and basketball recruits. Caldwell helped deliver six basketball and five football players to UCF, leading to the NCAA to determine a "loss of institutional control."