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!
UCF sanctions being announced square in the middle of Big East Media Day.— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) July 30, 2012
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.