In response to the NCAA's accusations of major recruiting violations in both men's basketball and football, the University of Central Florida has self-imposed a number of recruiting restrictions and has voluntarily vacated victories. Prior to the school's decision to impose penalties on itself, athletic director Keith Tribble resigned from his position at the school. Wide receivers coach David Kelly was also forced to resign, while head basketball coach Donnie Jones was suspended for three Conference USA games.
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 on Monday, 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.
UCF will appear before the NCAA infractions committee in April, where the NCAA will decide whether or not UCF's self-imposed penalties are sufficient.