Mar 9, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; UCF Knights head coach Donnie Jones in the game against the Memphis Tigers during the second half of the semi finals of the Conference USA Tournament at the FedEx Forum. The Memphis Tigers defeated the UCF Knights 83-52. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

NCAA Deals Central Florida 1-Year Postseason Ban In Football And Men's Basketball

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UCF wins bowl ban appeal with NCAA

The Knights are still subject to other sanctions but will be postseason-eligible going forward.

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No bowl ban for UCF (yet) after all

The NCAA won't rule on UCF's appeal on its postseason ban until January, which means the Knights will most likely be postseason eligible this season.

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NCAA Releases Complete List Of Central Florida Sanctions

The NCAA has released its report on Central Florida, which includes the full list of penalties handed out to the men’s basketball and football programs. The sanctions are headlined by a one-year postseason ban in both sports.

Citing a “lack of institutional control,” the NCAA has hit UCF with the following penalties:

—Public reprimand and censure.

—Five years probation from Feb. 10, 2012, through Feb. 9, 2017.

—Postseason ban for the 2012 football season and 2012-13 men’s basketball season.

—The head men’s basketball coach was suspended for the first three conference games of the 2011-12 season (self-imposed by the university) and given a three-year show-cause order starting with the 2012-13 season. Details of the show-cause orders can be found in the public report. Additionally, the coach may not recruit off-campus during all three July evaluation periods for the July 2012 and July 2013 evaluation periods.

—An assistant men’s basketball coach was suspended for the first two conference games of the 2011-12 season (self-imposed by the university). Additionally, the coach may not recruit off-campus during all three July evaluation periods for the July 2012 and July 2013 evaluation periods.

—A three-year show-cause order for the former director of athletics and a one-year show cause for the former assistant football coach. The show-cause orders do not allow any contact with prospective student-athletes. The public report contains further details. Disassociation of three representatives of athletics interest (self-imposed by the university).

—Reduction of five initial (from 25 maximum) and five total (from 85 maximum) football scholarships for three academic years.

—A limit of 11 men’s basketball scholarships (from 13 maximum) for three academic years.

—$50,000 fine.

—Vacation of all men’s basketball wins in which an ineligible student-athlete competed for the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. The public report includes further details (self-imposed by the university).

—Reduction of the number of permissible off-campus recruiters.

—Reduction of two full-time football coaches permitted to recruit off-campus during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

—Reduction of one full-time men’s basketball coach permitted to recruit off-campus during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

—Reduction in the available number of recruiting person days by 25 for men’s basketball during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (self-imposed by the university).

—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.

—Men’s basketball official paid visits are limited to seven for each of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (self-imposed by the university).

UCF was punished by the NCAA due to the relationship between several of its coaches and sports agency representative Ken Caldwell, who acted as a middle man between recruits and agents while simultaneously acting as a representative of the university and pushing recruits towards UCF. In addition to having connections to professional agents, Caldwell is a twice-convicted criminal.

For more on Central Florida football and basketball, visit SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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NCAA To Announce UCF Sanctions Decision Tuesday Morning

The NCAA is set to announce its first ruling since the highly controversial Penn State sanctions, with the long-broiling investigation into Central Florida recruiting ready to culminate in an 11 a.m. ET announcement of punishments on Tuesday. And oh, what exciting timing for a future Big East member!

According to the allegations against UCF, a man by the name of Ken Caldwell acted as a middle man between recruits and agents while simultaneously acting as a representative of the university and pushing recruits towards UCF. In addition to having connections to professional agents, Caldwell is a twice-convicted criminal.

The university notified the NCAA of a number of self-imposed penalties, none of which included postseason bans. Here are the big penalties:

-- Place UCF Athletics on probation for three years, which prompts extensive NCAA compliance oversight.

-- Vacate all men's basketball wins for the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

-- Drop from 13 to 12 men's basketball scholarships for the next two years.

For more on Central Florida football, visit SB Nation Tampa Bay. And you should probably start reading Big East Coast Bias.

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